Appeal to find 100 stories for 100 years


St John Cymru needs your help to find 100 stories to celebrate ‘100 years of being there’ for the people of Wales.

Formed on St David’s Day in 1918, the nation’s leading first aid charity was there to help wounded soldiers in World War 1.

Over the decades, volunteers have supported Welsh communities through the lows, such as the Aberfan disaster, and through the highs of Wales’ Grand Slam wins.

Julia Hobbs, Chief Executive for St John Cymru, said:

“It’s an incredibly exciting year for us and I hope everyone will get behind our celebrations and share their stories with us.

“We have set up a special website to capture people’s memories of St John Cymru over the last 100 years and we can’t wait to find out how our volunteers have made a difference.

“You only have to look at the tremendous efforts of our volunteers during the extreme snow conditions – getting patients and staff to and from hospital – to know we’re as relevant today as we were 100 years ago.

“With the support of the people of Wales, we can make sure St John Cymru continues to be there.”

The centenary celebrations will also tell the story of how St John Cymru volunteers helped to set up the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance during World War 1.

A replica WW1 ambulance will be taken to key events and schools, to share the charity’s history and to encourage more people to learn first aid.

Do you have a story to share?

  • Was a member of your family involved with the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance?
  • Have you been helped by our volunteers at an event and would like to say thank you?
  • Have you used the first aid skills that St John Cymru taught you in a real life emergency?
  • Are you taking part in a challenge to raise money for St John Cymru?

Share your stories at or tag us on Facebook and Twitter @SJACymru using #SJCW100

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