Dyfed volunteer project aims to train over 100 Young Farmers in lifesaving first aid

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Volunteers from St John Cymru are coming together from across Dyfed to provide lifesaving first aid training to Young Farmers in Carmarthenshire as part of its centenary celebrations.

The project aims to raise awareness of the importance of first aid within the farming community and help equip young farmers with potentially lifesaving skills.

The agricultural industry has one of the highest rates of injury of all the main industry sectors and yet, in a rural setting, immediate assistance from the emergency services cannot always be available. This is when first aid can become vital.

Officially launched on 26th February, the project will be one of the final held as part of St John Cymru centenary celebrations which will draw to a close after a busy year of high profile events, including; a Gala Dinner, an Evening with Warren Gatland and the journey of their replica WWI ambulance, which has travelled the length and breadth of Wales to share the 100 year history of the organisation.

“We are delighted to have teamed up with YFC Carmarthenshire, who have a fantastic reputation of supporting and offering opportunities for their members and really hope we can build and expand this project in future.

This project is a great example of how St John Cymru remains as relevant today as when it was first established, in 1918. The charity continues to provide support in our communities today.”

St John Council Carmarthenshire Chair, Dr Rhodri Griffiths

“It’s great to have had the opportunity to work with St John Cymru and to have the opportunity for our members to have first aid training, especially when many of our members are farmers, or work in the agricultural industry where a lot of accidents happen.

To gain more knowledge and understanding of what to do during an accident could be significant, not just to help themselves or a member of their family but also their colleagues and friends.

We are extremely grateful for the support of St John Cymru and look forward to working closer with them in the future.”

YFC Carmarthen County Organiser, Rhodri Lewis

The project has been funded by a donation from the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust with further support provided from amongst others LBS Builders Merchants and Morgan Marine.

“We would like to sincerely thank the numerous local companies, community and town councils who support us.

As a charity we are entirely dependent on this support, helping our volunteers make a real difference in their communities.” 

St John Council Carmarthenshire Chair,  Dr Rhodri Griffiths 

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