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First aiders keep the party going at WOMAD festival

4 August 2011

The annual WOMAD festival: an opportunity to see spectacular musicians, taste food from across the world and – in the case of 400 unlucky revellers – fall over and need medical attention.

Festivals are great fun, but with thousands of people teeming around in a relatively confined space, there’s bound to be an accident or two. Or 397, in the case of this year’s WOMAD festival – but luckily the Red Cross had a huge team on hand to help.

© InfoEighty-five first aid volunteers provided round-the-clock first aid cover for the Wiltshire event from Wednesday 27 July to 1 August. They treated all kinds of injuries, ranging from eye irritations, bumps and scrapes to suspected broken bones.

‘Very slick’ treatment

Sarah Crockett (34), from Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, fell while working a night shift at the festival and was treated by Red Cross volunteers before being transported to hospital for X-rays on a suspected fractured foot.

She said: “I came to the Red Cross medical centre and had lovely treatment – I was even given the accolade of being one of the volunteers’ first fractures. They looked after me very well and it’s been very slick.”

The Red Cross has provided first aid cover at the festival for 21 years. They are equipped with a field hospital and doctors’ tent. Teams of volunteers – trained in advanced life-saving techniques – patrol the festival area throughout the weekend.

Event first aid

Volunteer Emma Nash (36), from Wroughton near Swindon, had a very busy time at the event. She was inspired to become an event first aider after helping injured people at two separate road traffic incidents.

The mother of three said: “It’s always nice to know what to do if someone needs first aid. I’m not the sort of person who’ll just drive by if someone’s in trouble. If someone needs my help, I’ll be there to give it to them.”

Become an event first aid volunteer

First aiders keep the party going at WOMAD festival

4 August 2011

The annual WOMAD festival: an opportunity to see spectacular musicians, taste food from across the world and – in the case of 400 unlucky revellers – fall over and need medical attention.

Festivals are great fun, but with thousands of people teeming around in a relatively confined space, there’s bound to be an accident or two. Or 397, in the case of this year’s WOMAD festival – but luckily the Red Cross had a huge team on hand to help.

© InfoEighty-five first aid volunteers provided round-the-clock first aid cover for the Wiltshire event from Wednesday 27 July to 1 August. They treated all kinds of injuries, ranging from eye irritations, bumps and scrapes to suspected broken bones.

‘Very slick’ treatment

Sarah Crockett (34), from Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, fell while working a night shift at the festival and was treated by Red Cross volunteers before being transported to hospital for X-rays on a suspected fractured foot.

She said: “I came to the Red Cross medical centre and had lovely treatment – I was even given the accolade of being one of the volunteers’ first fractures. They looked after me very well and it’s been very slick.”

The Red Cross has provided first aid cover at the festival for 21 years. They are equipped with a field hospital and doctors’ tent. Teams of volunteers – trained in advanced life-saving techniques – patrol the festival area throughout the weekend.

Event first aid

Volunteer Emma Nash (36), from Wroughton near Swindon, had a very busy time at the event. She was inspired to become an event first aider after helping injured people at two separate road traffic incidents.

The mother of three said: “It’s always nice to know what to do if someone needs first aid. I’m not the sort of person who’ll just drive by if someone’s in trouble. If someone needs my help, I’ll be there to give it to them.”

Become an event first aid volunteer

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