22 December 2014
As thousands hit the town for Christmas party season, our first aiders are stationed in city centres across the UK to help those whose high spirits lead to injuries.
It’s the season of goodwill, which can only mean one thing: huge crowds of festive partygoers converging on town and city centres across the UK.
Each year, a combustible mix of alcohol, high spirits, hot tempers and often slippery surfaces leads to many casualties.
Busy festive period
That’s why the British Red Cross sends first aid teams to busy nightspots over the festive period.
By helping people with minor injuries and treating the walking wounded, we help reduce the pressure on frontline emergency services during the busiest period of the year.
This year, you’ll find Red Cross teams on duty throughout England, Wales and Scotland.
In Glasgow city centre, volunteers are even equipped with a state-of-the-art mobile first aid station: the SOS Bus. Teams of first aiders will also be on duty at the massive Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh.
Service manager David Hallows is leading a team providing first aid cover in Rhyl and Wrexham.
He said: “It’s likely we’ll be seeing a lot of cuts and bruises caused by falls, as well as having to deal with the effects of alcohol. But our trained volunteers are ready to deal with any eventuality.
”It’s inspiring to think that they are giving up their own celebrations to help keep others safe and well. We’re always proud of our volunteers, but times such as these show the extent of their dedication.”
If you’re heading for a festive night out, why not download our free first aid mobile app for advice at your fingertips?