St. John’s Ambulance Glanmire Calls on local Businesses

By Claire O’Donoghue

Caroline O'Connor, Frances Duggan and Ashling Doyle scrubbing out the new SJ 67 for service

The entirely voluntary organisation set up in 2011, St. John’s Ambulance in Glanmire has, through fundraising alone, purchased an SJ 67 ambulance from the U.K. costing €10,000. Additional costs, of course, will include the maintenance, running and servicing of the vehicle but the main expense involved will be equipping it. Speaking with The East Cork Journal Gerard Doyle, (Superintendent of St. John’s Ambulance Glanmire) said, “It is vital that the vehicle is equipped to as a high a medical standard as possible. Our most urgent requirement is an AED (defibrillator) which costs roughly €1,300. There are plenty more pieces necessary also and We appeal to any local businesses and companies in East Cork to consider sponsoring a piece of potentially lifesaving equipment, or making a donation to the organisation directly. Every penny received will be put to good use locally and will make all the difference in the service we can provide.  Our members are all volunteers and St. John’s Ambulance receives no Government funding. The big problem is that many people don’t know we’re here, and the signage on our new vehicle will help that greatly, but we really need the ongoing support of the locality to operate to the best standards.”

The St. John’s Ambulance Glanmire have organised a bag pack in SuperValu Glanmire this Friday and Saturday, and another one in Dunnes Stores, Ballyvolane on 15 September. Please come along and support this amazing local service.

The service provided by St.John’s Ambulance crew is vital. They can be called to cover public events, charity family days and similar events and will provide trained crew who, when necessary,  can  treat a person onsite in the Ambulance, or transfer them to hospital if needed. They are also currently involved in helping set up a First Responders group in Glanmire, and the provision of various First Aid courses. The duty number to call, should  you require to book the presence of St.John’s Ambulance at an event is 086 0699086.

Please note, St.John’s Ambulance does not cover emergencies and always refers the caller to ring 999 or 112.