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St John Wales Division keeping new students safe

23rd September 2014

St John Wales members will be out on the streets of Aberystwyth this week to help keep new university students safe during Fresher’s Week.

For the third year running, members of Aberystwyth Town and LINKS Divisions  from St John Cymru – Wales will be assisting the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust (WAST) by having members out in the town centre treating any minor injuries that occur.

Nathan Hazlehurst, Duty Officer for Aberystwyth Town Division said: ‘It is a pleasure to be able to support WAST again this year, and to ensure that students feel safe when on a night out. We work closely with the University, the Students’ Union and Dyfed-Powys Police to make sure that each night goes well. We want all students and locals to know that, if you or a friend do get injured you can come to the St John team and we will do our best to help you.’

Members will in the town centre from Wednesday 24th September to Saturday 27th September, from 9pm-2am each night. They will be based by the clock tower at the top of Great Darkgate Street and Pier Street.

Although members will be on hand during the evenings for first aid support throughout Fresher’s Week, St John Wales encourages students to download the free first aid app on iPhone, Android and Windows Phones just in case. The app contains advice on bleeding, CPR, head injuries and how to deal with an unconscious casualty.

To download the app, visit


For more information, please contact Nathan Hazlehurst, Duty Officer for Aberystwyth Town Division on 07861 418340.

Notes to Editors

  • St John Wales is the country’s leading first aid charity. We believe no one should suffer from the lack of a trained first aider and our aim is to have a first aider on every street in Wales.
  • We rely on donations to continue our lifesaving work;
    • £28 buys 500 first aid guides, so 500 people know how to save a life
    • £60 equips a volunteer first aider
    • £120 teaches a class of 30 school children emergency first aid skills
    • £180 trains a group of 12 parents in infant and child first aid
    • £73,000 could buy and equip an ambulance
    • To make a one-off donation to St John Wales visit and click on ‘donate now’ or text SAVE083 to 70070 to donate £3.
    • Each year, our 4,200 volunteers dedicate more than 200,000 hours of their time to helping others at public events ranging in size from rugby internationals at the Millennium Stadium, to premiership football matches, to village fetes.
    • St John Wales is one of the country’s leading youth movements. Our members start at age five and around 50% of our volunteers are under the age of 18.
    • St John Wales is one of the country’s leading providers of first aid training. Each year we train more than 23,000 people in lifesaving first aid skills.
    • Each year St John Wales Patient Transport Service transports more than 24,000 patients from hospital to home and supports the Welsh Ambulance Service and Local Health Boards.
    • St John Wales operates a number of First Responder schemes, where volunteers attend emergency calls received by the Welsh Ambulance Service, providing immediate care until the ambulance arrives.
    • St John Wales’ First Aid app is available free for iphone, Android and Windows users. Search ‘St John Wales first aid’ in the App, Google Play or Windows stores.
    • For more information on St John Wales visit
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