27 April 2011
Red Cross volunteers and staff will be making sure guests and well-wishers stay safe at and around the royal wedding on Friday 29 April.
On the day, more than 100 British Red Cross volunteers and staff will be providing first aid cover during the celebrations for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.
This includes around 70 first aid volunteers at three first aid posts in Parliament Square, as well as ten volunteers in Westminster Abbey itself. It also includes six British Red Cross ambulances supporting the London Ambulance Service and working alongside St John Ambulance crews. Between three and six volunteers will also be stationed around the clock at the media village in Green Park.
First aid duty
Staff and volunteers will have worked more than 500 hours in total over three weeks to plan for and cover the celebration.
Mary Gardner, who has been a Red Cross volunteer for 27 years, will be one of those in the abbey.
“Royal weddings don’t come around very often, and there is such excitement and goodwill about this one,” she said. “I love the atmosphere in the abbey and volunteering for the Red Cross gives me the opportunity to be involved in all sorts of events there. I feel very honoured and lucky to be on first aid duty for William and Kate’s wedding.
“On first aid duty at events, a lot of the incidents we deal with are thankfully minor – cuts, bruises, blisters, dehydration or emotional upset. There can always be more serious casualties, however, and some of us are trained to use oxygen, nebulisers and certain prescription drugs if necessary.”
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