On this day: St John Ambulance volunteers during the Blitz
We look back at the role of St John Ambulance during the Second
29 December 1940
Throughout 1940, German aircrafts dropped thousands of
incendiary bombs across the UK. London was a key target and
suffered the worst fire damage since the great fire of 1666. Many
buildings were badly damaged, including eight Wren churches, the
Guildhall and the Old Bailey. Luckily, St Paul’s Cathedral
During the Second World War, St John Ambulance volunteers
supported their local communities in many ways. For example,
- • served in the Civil Defence
- • supported rapid response teams
- • ran ambulance services
- • organised first aid stations
- • cared for those is air raid shelters.
In the photograph, there are two St John Voluntary Aid
Detachment Nurses caring for civilians sheltering in Piccadilly
Tube Station during the Blitz.
Caring for communities today
Supporting local communities and raising awareness of first aid
is still very much at the heart of what we do. Our new C.A.R.E for a
Heart campaign aims to educate more people on how to
act fast if faced with a cardiac arrest.
Thousands of families feel the impact of cardiac arrest each
year. If more people knew what to do before an emergency, more
lives could be saved. You can follow the four simple steps
of C.A.R.E now, to give those you a love the best
chance of survival.