St John Ambulance fundraiser at the Brickmakers Arms

Public spirited St John Ambulance volunteers have teamed up with the Brickmakers Arms for a barbecue fund raiser this Sunday (17th July) at the 17th century public house on Station Road, Balsall Common. The family friendly event is open invitation and St John’s representative and event organiser Geraint Hewett is hoping that local residents will join in the fun whilst helping to raise funds towards the Coventry branches attempts to raise funds towards 2 fully kitted cycle response units.

Geraint explains,

“There’s around 150,000 people who die in situations where prompt first aid could have given them a chance to live and these fully kitted out cycles will offer the chance make the difference in getting medically trained responders incidents quickly, be they road traffic accidents or medical emergencies. These bikes can be vital to reducing response times where other forms of transport would struggle.”

Balsall Common resident Hewett joined the St John organisation in 2009 and was a fully qualified first aider by early 2010 and attributes his involvement to the time he lost his father.

“I became a member following his death. Being a lone parent I realised that I was now responsible not only for my children but also my Mother and I asked myself would I be able to help if one of them had an accident. The realization that the answer for me was “No” made me feel empty and inadequate inside.”

It was St John’s that provided the answer and Geraint is now an extremely active volunteer member, with recent activity including a hefty 3 day stint at the Coventry Godiva festival, attended by a number of Balsall Common residents.

“St John Ambulance volunteers attend thousands of events every year providing first aid to the sick and injured and is provided free at the point of delivery.” and we wanted to do something to raise the profile of the organisation in Balsall Common whilst having some fun and raising some money. We’re really grateful to the Brickmakers Arms for making the venue available this Sunday and are looking forward to great day. We’re hoping for some decent weather but if it’s wet on the day we won’t let it dampen our spirits.”

Brickmakers Landlord Victoria Hancox echoed her hopes for favourable weather when she said,

We’re really looking forward to hosting this event and hope St John raise plenty of money. We have a bouncy castle booked so we’re looking forward to seeing people from 12.30pm we’re looking forward to a really fun day!”