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St John Ambulance calls for more volunteers in Romford

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 March 2017

St John's Ambulance cadet Daniel Squirell.

St John's Ambulance cadet Daniel Squirell.

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A 17-year-old cadet says joining St John Ambulance was one of the best things he has ever done, as the charity seeks the next generation of life-savers in the borough.

Daniel Squirrell, of Caxton Way, Romford, has been part of the St John’s family since the age of five, when he was first signed up as a Badger by his parents, who have dedicated their time as volunteers for 30 years.

“I don’t remember feeling nervous when I first joined since I was only five but I do remember having a lot of fun,” he said.

“It was my parents’ decision to get me involved but when I had the choice to either leave or become a cadet, which is for older children, I knew I wanted to stay on.”

St John Ambulance, which has three youth units around the borough based in Upminster, Hornchurch, Romford and Harold Hill, wants to invite new volunteers aged 10-17 to the weekly sessions where they can learn a range of important life skills.

From first aid training and learning leadership skills to volunteering at public events such as football matches and music festivals, there are plenty of opportunities for young people to grow and develop.

District manager Richard Chalkley said: “We are not asking people to give huge amounts of their time, just one evening a week can make so much of a difference.

“This is a very worthwhile role, supporting young people in our communities and allowing them to learn how to save lives.

“These children could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

The units are also keen to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer as a youth leader to help supervise the youth groups and help expand them in the borough.

Daniel said: “Joining St John was definitely one of the best things I have ever done, seeing as I have made so many friends and have been given loads of opportunities thanks to the charity.

“I would recommend it to anyone, because it is not only fun but you could help save someone’s life if they’re in need.”

To find out more, email richard.chalkley@sja.org.uk.

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