St John Ambulance unit searching for new home

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 June 2014

The first aid charity could be moving to another building.

The first aid charity could be moving to another building.

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A BRANCH of a charity which teaches people how to administer first aid is likely to move from its current building as it is no longer fit for purpose.

The Cheddar branch of St John Ambulance is based in The Bays, but the state of the building has meant the group is now looking for other suitable premises in the village.

Unit manager Patricia Reeves said: “There’s no question of St John Ambulance’s Cheddar unit closing.

“It’s sad that our old building in Cheddar is no longer fit for purpose, but we’re not being put under any pressure to move out.

“We’ve been given ample time to find a new home and we’re considering several possible alternative meeting and training venues for our adult volunteers and youth groups.”

The unit holds one training night for adults and another for youngsters every week.

St John Ambulance area manager Craig Wilkins said: “Pat and her team do a great job and our priority is to make sure they’re able to carry on with their life-saving work for our charity in the community.

“Our Cheddar unit currently has five adult first aiders who already work closely with volunteers from our larger units in Weston and Wells – especially on larger events – and long may that continue.

“Moving away from the current building will not affect our ability to provide first aid training and cover for events throughout the area.”

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