George Farha makes donation to St John Ambulance

George Farha, Chairman of GSP Group, has made a donation to support the training of volunteer first aiders, advanced first aiders, volunteers in care, and emergency response ambulance drivers.

The donation will train and enable over 1000 volunteers to become lifesavers over the next 6 months, and includes the training and upskilling of:

  • 175 x volunteer First Aiders
  • 547x volunteer Advanced First Aiders
  • 277 x volunteers in Care
  • 6 volunteers to become Emergency Response Ambulance Drivers

St John Ambulance is the leading volunteer-led health and first aid charity in the UK. St John volunteers treat and transport thousands of patients each year, and in times of crisis like now, it is England’s national health reserve. St John has a committed team of 15,000 volunteers, of which 9,000 are ‘health volunteers’ who are fully qualified first-aiders with expertise to function in front-line operations. During the Covid crisis St John’s fleet of 376 ambulances has been on standby at 31 hubs throughout England, and they have responded to more than 13,000 Covid-related calls, relieving the NHS at its busiest time.

The NHS has committed to covering the cost of the charity’s vaccination work and training 30,500 vaccinators, but the ongoing additional activities its 15,000 volunteers deliver and provide in communities takes an enormous amount of funding, coordination and training, and this is a cause George Farha was delighted to support.

Writing to George Farha in February 2021, Martin Houghton-Brown, Chief Executive of St John Ambulance, said:

“I look forward to keeping you up to date with our progress in these challenging but equally exciting times. As I write we have nearly doubled the number of volunteers in St John from 30,000 to 60,000 just in these past few months. Your contribution will ensure we can hold on to those people and direct their energy into their communities to make a real difference. I suspect the health service will face immense challenges into 2022 and we will need them!”