York’s Liberal Democrats are joining City of York Council in encouraging everyone to show their support for St John Ambulance by colouring York green on St John’s Day tomorrow (24th June).
The many selfless volunteers working at St John Ambulance have spent over 100,000 hours supporting the Covid-19 crisis response since the beginning of April, undertaking its biggest mobilisation of volunteers since WWII. These frontline volunteers have worked as Paramedics and Emergency Ambulance Technicians. They have complemented nursing and care staff, driven patient transport vehicles and provided ongoing training in first aid and COVID-19 care.
To honour and thank the thousands of St John volunteers across the country, the Council will be turning York’s walls green on St John’s Day this Wednesday (24th June). Residents and businesses who wish to get involved are encouraged to show their support by displaying lights, flags or banners in their windows and gardens.
Cllr Ashley Mason, Councillor for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe said:
“As a Paramedic and volunteer for the Order of St John, I know the hard and selfless work St John Ambulance volunteers devote to communities up and down the country. I was proud to see my colleagues courageously step up to help at this time of national crisis to care for those in need. I encourage York residents and businesses to show their support once again to thank the St John volunteers by lighting York green on the 24th June!”
Revd Phillip J Carrington MBE, County President St John Ambulance North Yorkshire and Teeside said:
“In turning York green on Wednesday 24th June – St John’s Day – we are able to say a public “THANK YOU” for this incredible volunteer commitment. I am personally extremely grateful to the City of York for recognising the work of our highly trained volunteers in this way. Green is the colour of our service delivery uniform recognised by our NHS colleagues and the general public. Thank you for showing your support for us”
Having provided support to the NHS over the last three months, St John Ambulance has launched an emergency appeal to enable the charity to continue its vital work.
You can donate £10 by texting SAVE7 to 70577.
To find out more about the emergency appeal, visit www.sja.org.uk/savelives