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First aiders rise to the Royal Ascot challenge

22 June 2009

Event first aid volunteers at Royal AscotAnthony Upton (BRC)As over 300,000 people, helicopters, limousines and members of the royal family decended on Royal Ascot between 16 and 20 June, British Red Cross event first aid volunteers and staff stood ready to help.

The 60-strong Red Cross team came to the aid of 562 casualties over the five day period, treating almost 170 casualties on the Saturday alone. The mammoth effort saw at least 25 volunteers on site every day for ten hour shifts, clocking up around 1,250 volunteer and staff hours' worth of work.

Treating serious injuries

Treatments ranged from serious head injuries to blisters with everything in between. The team was also forced to double up as an emergency fashion house on a number of occasions by fixing people's shoes and stitching up split dresses.
Kaye Howard, senior service manager, said: "The key thing about Royal Ascot week is that everybody works fantastically as a team. No matter how busy it gets, everyone pulls together and manages to do it with a smile on their face."

Brilliant volunteers

She continued: "Every time we get to the end of Ascot, I'm always amazed at the sheer amount of work the volunteers have put in and how they come together. Many of them take annual leave in order to volunteer for us at Ascot. They're just brilliant!

"And of course, if anyone else wants to come and experience Ascot they're always welcome. They have race meets all year round and the British Red Cross is always on hand."

Working in partnership with St John Ambulance and South Central Ambulance Service, the dedicated team once again made sure the medical provision for Royal Ascot, possibly the best known race meeting in the world, was among the best in the world.

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