Trust the experts
Every year, 7,500 British Red Cross volunteers and staff provide support at more than 10,000 public events across the UK. Our skilled members, trained in advanced first aid and life-saving techniques, successfully treat more than 20,000 people a year - many with serious injuries.
We have long experience of providing support at all kinds of occasions, from major sporting and cultural events - including the Great North Run, WOMAD festival and Pride London - to smaller-scale occasions such as local fetes. Whatever the event, we can set up treatment areas, deal with injuries and provide ambulances to safely escort casualties to the nearest hospital. So whether you're expecting 300 people or 30,000, you'll find us ready to provide emergency support.
What we can offer
> Competitive rates
> 7,500 fully trained first aiders
> All volunteers fully insured
> Help with event planning and risk assessment
> Modern ambulance fleet and medical equipment
Equipped to help
We can visit your venue in advance to assess the first aid need for your event. The level of medical provision required will depend on a number of factors, including:
> Size (and age range) of audience
> Nature and duration of event
> Location and size of venue
> Seasonal and weather factors
> Proximity of local medical facilities
> Potential availability of alcohol and/or drugs
> Availability of facilities on site.
Whether it's two first aiders for a local fete or 300 first aiders for a major event, we have the resources and experience to make sure things run smoothly and safely.
Trained and skilled
All our volunteers are fully trained in first aid delivery and will have used their skills at a wide range of public events. Red Cross first aid teams - who regularly undergo refresher training - are also trained in resuscitation techniques, including defibrillator use. At public events, people often need more than just medical support. Besides core first aid skills, our volunteers are specially trained to provide practical help and emotional support to people in distress.
Life-savers in action
Volunteer Michael Watson was on duty with colleagues during a Port Vale football match when they got a radio call that a man was seriously ill.
Racing through the stadium, the team quickly reached the scene to find an unconscious casualty in his 60s who had stopped breathing. For the next six minutes the team worked tirelessly, using CPR and a portable defibrillator before finally reviving the man.
Michael recalled: "He wasn't breathing or showing any signs of life. No ifs or buts, he would have died without our help."
British Red Cross
London EC2Y 9AL
Telephone: 0844 871 11 11