Recognition for lifesaving Rhayader volunteers

Monday 16th May 2022 4:00 pm
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Rhayader First Responders pictured with their plaque from St John Ambulance Cymru, outside their ambulance hall.
Rhayader First Responders pictured with their plaque from St John Ambulance Cymru, outside their ambulance hall. (Rhayader First Responders )

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The incredible work of the St John Ambulance Cymru Rhayader First Responders was recognised recently at a special event held at their ambulance hall.

The celebratory event rewarded the significant contribution that the volunteers have made to the surrounding rural communities in Mid Wales.

Active for nearly 80 years, the division has established itself as a hub of the community, supporting events big and small and caring for those in times of need.

In 1999, they started a community first responder service, which has rapidly grown to become a lifeline for locals across Mid Wales. In 2021 alone, they responded to 570 emergency calls, which they’re on track to exceed in 2022.

At the event, awards were presented by a number of special guests, including Jason Killens, Welsh Ambulance Service CEO; Robin Gibson Watt, Deputy Lord Lieutenant; and Councillor Mrs Lee Price, Mayor of Powys.

Also in attendance was Prior for Wales Sir Paul Williams and Chief Executive Officer Helen Smith, who presented a commemorative plaque to Divisional Officer In Charge (Unit Manager) Martyn Price.

Chief Volunteer Richie Paskell said: “St John Ambulance Cymru have a proud history, helping communities for over 100 years. Our presence in Wales has always meant that there will be a first aider close by when people need one.

“The Rhayader volunteer first responders and the service they provide to the communities of Mid Wales truly embodies this, and I am so proud of them all.”

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