On 24th February 2015, Mr Patrick Burgess MBE was installed as the new Chancellor of the Order by the Grand Prior, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, in the Priory Church of St John. This role is a significant one in the order among other duties; Mr Burgess will be a member of the Order’s worldwide governing bodies and contributes to the development of the Order’s overall policy internationally.
Immediately after the Installation of the Chancellor on 24th February, a bronze sculpted bust of HRH The Duke of Gloucester was unveiled at St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell in his presence.… Continue reading
In sub-Saharan Africa, many new mothers and newborn babies die every year from complications in pregnancy and childbirth which could so easily have been avoided.
Help us by supporting the St John’s Mother and Baby Programme to train more local volunteers within the community to help mothers and newborn babies.
For more information, visit: http://www.stjohninternational.org/saving-the-lives-of-mothers-and-babies
Interested in making a donation, visit: www.justgiving.com/orderofstjohn
Each year 100,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest in the UK. With early CPR and early defibrillation, survival rates can be increased from a low 5% to over 50%.
In August 2013 while having dinner at a hotel former Ryder Cup captain, Bernard Gallacher, collapsed and suffered a sudden cardiac arrest however he survived thanks to the immediate action of trained staff and the onsite hotel’s defibrillator. This is just one example of how important this life saving equipment can make a real difference.
We congratulate the major partnership between St John Scotland and the Scottish Golf Union which… Continue reading
New Zealander Barry Eunson had just completed half of the marathon course (approx. 13 miles) when a young man collapsed in front of him. Initially, thinking the man had tripped, Eunson carried on. But his first aid training and experience made him turn around to check.
“I thought, ‘hang on, he didn’t trip, he collapsed’ and looking back saw that the collapsed runner was having a seizure. No-one else had stopped so I went back.”
Thankfully he did, as with a full crowd of 15,000 runners, St John Ambulance Ireland took some time to reach them. On arrival Eunson then… Continue reading
In March 2015, St John Ambulance Canada announced the appointment of Allan Smith as CEO. Mr Smith having previously served as President/CEO and Board Director of Saxon Financial; and as a senior executive MD Management, a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association brings an extensive amount of experience with over 30 years of relevant leadership and management to his new role, this was echoed by Robert White, St John Ambulance Chancellor who welcomed Allan’s “experience and leadership to the St. John Ambulance family,”
“In his new role as chief executive he will be responsible for developing the first aid training… Continue reading
“Being a member of St John Ambulance means learning new skills which could leave a lasting impact on someone’s life.”
These are Darragh Lawlor’s words; the Pavilions Shopping Centre employee who recently saved his uncle’s life. Darragh, 24, volunteers with St John Ambulance Swords as well as working in the shopping centre as a security guard and first aider.
Two weeks ago, Darragh was called to assist a man in a shop on the main street in Swords. Darragh’s colleague witnessed a customer collapse and go into cardiac arrest. CPR was started immediately.
His training meant that Darragh knew how… Continue reading