Author: Mark Orr
St. John Ambulance - Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes - Light it Green.
I am writing to you on behalf of St John Ambulance in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
During the pandemic our unpaid volunteers in England have given thousands of hours supporting the NHS by providing ambulances and crews, in A&E units and by providing specific training to the military and other volunteers.
St John Ambulance is playing a crucial role in the COVID-19 vaccination roll out. We have trained over 26,000 volunteers to administer the vaccine and support NHS vaccination centres throughout the country. Cadets from our Buckingham Unit have supported with vaccination training courses at Oxford.
Our volunteers (including HRH The Countess of Wessex) have already given over 250,000 hours to help make the vaccination programme a great success. That number is rising daily.
On 24th June each year we celebrate St John’s Day. Usually we meet together in St Pauls Cathedral to recognise our achievements and rededicate ourselves to serving humanity. This year, as in 2020, it will be a virtual celebration of the outstanding performance of our volunteers during the pandemic.
In 2020 a number of cathedrals, buildings and monuments across the country agreed to ‘Light it Green’. 41 sites participated and we hope to do better this year. Locally Silverstone Race Circuit and All Saints Church in Northampton have agreed to participate. It would be really good if Milton Keynes could Light it Green too. We have provided ambulances and crews locally and our Greenleys centre is being used for specific pandemic training.
If you would like to participate or discuss it further please contact me on 07944 897 866.
All good wishes and keep safe,
John Williams KStJ
15th May 2021