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Harrogate life saver calls for more volunteers

Harrogate life saver calls for more volunteers

Published at 7:01am 10th June 2016.

A Harrogate life saver who celebrates 40 years as a St John Ambulance volunteer this year is calling on more people to volunteer with the first aid charity.

Sue Grant, 52, from Starbeck, is a youth leader with the charity’s local Unit and is using National Volunteers’ Week to attract new recruits.

Sue saved the life of an elderly cyclist in January 2015 after he suffered a cardiac arrest, and joined St John Ambulance aged just 12. Since then she has held a number of volunteer roles with the charity.

Now Unit Manager for the Starbeck and Knaresborough Badgers, which also celebrates its 80th anniversary milestone this year, Sue is an active first aider with a strong presence at many events in and around Harrogate and Knaresborough.

Sue Grant said: “It’s a great organisation to be part of and you can pick up lots of new skills and build confidence.  I thoroughly enjoy my time working with our young Badgers and would urge anyone thinking of volunteering to give it a go.  It’s wonderful to dedicate some of your spare time and you get so much more back.”

Volunteer roles include first aiders, doctors and nurses, cycle responders and community first responders. There are opportunities for people to develop administrative, IT and leadership skills.

National Volunteers’ Week (1-12 June) is the annual celebration of the contribution made by volunteers across the UK. Organisations like St John Ambulance are taking time to celebrate their volunteers and to drum up new recruits.

For more information, visit sja.org.uk