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Young volunteers from Pontypool’s St John Wales Badger unit have been celebrating after receiving a generous donation of £1,000 for first aid equipment which includes a new choking vest used to demonstrate resuscitation techniques.
They also used part of the funding from electricity distribution company Western Power Distribution (WPD) to purchase a laptop and projector which will aid their training sessions.
As the country’s leading first aid charity, St John Wales’ aim is to help improve local health and well being within the community. Before volunteers can even pick up a first aid kit or set foot in an emergency room it’s vital they undergo rigorous training.
The charity has a thriving youth section, with 70% of the membership under the age of 25. Badgers age range is five to 10 years old and the Cadets range in age from 11 to 18.
Helen Gwilliam, who runs the Pontypool Division, said: “We have 18 cadets and 16 Badgers in our unit. This equipment will make a real difference to our training sessions. The support from WPD will help to ensure that the youngsters receive the most up to date training available.
“We are grateful to WPD for this generous donation, which we hope will ultimately benefit a large number of people. The majority of our volunteers are young people who play a crucial role in the community.”
If you would like to become a member of the Pontypool Division please contact 02920 449600.
St John Wales relies heavily on grants and donations to continue its charitable work. To find out how you can help, contact the fundraising team on 02920 449629 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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