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British Red Cross offers more than first aid at National Eisteddfod

For immediate release: Monday 8 August, 2011
For further information: Rebecca McIlhone
Contact number: 0117 3012624 or 07525 128297

A team of 38 British Red Cross volunteers provided first aid cover at the National Eisteddfod of Wales last week (30 July – 6 August) which took place in Wrexham.

The dedicated team of volunteers, trained to deal with anything from a headache to a heart attack, staffed the medical centre, which included a major and minor injuries unit, from 9am to10pm throughout the course of the eight day festival. The Red Cross worked in partnership with St John’s Ambulance which also provided first aid cover for the event.

Janice Kinsella, Red Cross event first aid coordinator, said: “The National Eisteddfod attracts around 160,000 people a year so it is a very big event on our calendar. Our first aiders really look forward to applying the skills and training they have been practicing throughout the year and they get great satisfaction from being there for people who need their help. This year our volunteers dealt with more than 150 casualties in the medical centre so they were kept very busy.”

Red Cross first aid volunteers are highly skilled and trained in life-saving techniques like CPR and defibrillator use. Many are also qualified in the use of oxygen and drugs used to relieve breathing difficulties and aid resuscitation.

As well as providing first aid cover, the Red Cross sold new and donated items at a temporary charity shop and offered therapeutic massages at its exhibition stand. Here, visitors were invited to enjoy a cup of tea and learn more about Red Cross services and volunteering opportunities across Wales. Youngster (aged 5 – 16 years) had the chance to win an iPod by entering a first aid competition based on new Red Cross 'Life. Live it.' resources and all entrants were made up with gruesome fake wounds by casualty simulation volunteers.

Dafydd Beech, youth project manager at the Red Cross, said: “The competition was a great way of getting young people to think about how they might respond in an emergency situation. The children didn’t need any previous knowledge of first aid to enter the competition but hopefully they have gone away having picked up the basics of how to get help should they ever need to.”

Actors Dewi ‘Pws’ Morris and Emyr Wyn also stopped by the Red Cross stand to try out a bit of first aid and chat with volunteers as part of their television coverage of the Eisteddfod. Presenter Rhun ap Iorwerth also stopped by with his children, who tried out a bit of casualty simulation.

The Red Cross has a history of providing first aid cover at major events in the region. Last month, a team of 45 volunteers provided more than 900 hours of first aid cover at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod music festival (July 4 -10).

If you would like to volunteer or book the Red Cross to provide first aid at your event, visit the website: and click on the Event First Aid link or call Janice Kinsella on 01745 828340.


Notes to editors

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We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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