Swansea woman thanks volunteers after festival accident


A woman from Swansea has thanked our volunteers for helping her after an accident at NRTFest.

Hannah Downing, suffered a laceration on her thigh after an incident on a fair ground ride and sought help from St John Cymru first aiders at the medical tent situated on site.

“They made me feel so comforted, were calm, professional and got me onto an ambulance really quickly.

They assured me, held my hand and talked me through everything.”
Hannah Downing

Hannah was transported to Morriston Hospital in Swansea and where she learned she would have to have surgery on her leg.

After the surgery, Hannah was told how lucky she was as the injury happened very close to the main artery in her leg.

“I had to have several internal and external stitches and I was kept in hospital.

They were amazed I hadn’t sustained any further damage to my nerves.

I was on IV antibiotics and still can’t quite get over it. I’m so grateful to the volunteers who looked after me. If they hadn’t been there, my injury could have been a lot worse."
Hannah Downing

“Our volunteers train regularly to ensure that their skills are kept up-to-date and can give efficient and correct first aid to those who need it.

We had a very experienced team out that night which meant everyone was well rehearsed to help Hannah.

It’s really great to hear Hannah is now on the mend and we wish her all the best for a speedy recovery.”
St John Cymru Neath Officer in Charge, Richard Brake

St John Cymru is Wales’ leading first aid charity and has over 4,000 volunteers across Wales who provide first aid cover at local and national events across the country. For more information about St John Cymru and how you can learn first aid click here.



Published August 1st 2019

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