Saturday, 04 April 2020


Brand-new ambulance for St John Whitianga

More than 20 St John staff and volunteers, and guests of honour attended a ceremony at the Whitianga Ambulance Station last Sunday where a brand new ambulance was dedicated to the St John Northern Region.

The ambulance was donated by Pub Charity and will be used by St John Whitianga.

Accepting the vehicle on behalf of St John, Richard Blundell, patron of the St John Northern Region, said it was fitting for the people of Mercury Bay having a brand-new ambulance, fitted with state of the art equipment, serving them. “The support the St John Mercury Bay Area Committee receives from the local community is overwhelming,” he said. “In addition to running a very successful opportunity shop, the Area Committee has developed a new ambulance station in Hahei, where a first response vehicle is based, and is also offering mental health courses the public can attend free of charge.”

Martin Cheer, chief executive of Pub Charity, was one of the guests of honour at the dedication ceremony and said supporting St John fits in perfectly with their philosophy of putting the community first. “If you are in trouble, an ambulance siren is a very welcoming sound,” he said.

Martin also thanked Frankies Sports Bar & Grill and The Coroglen Tavern, Pub Charity’s two gaming partners in Mercury Bay for choosing to work with him and the Pub Charity team. “Without our pub owners, we can’t do our job,” he said.

Nationwide, Pub Charity is this year donating four ambulances and one first response vehicle to St John.

The new Whitianga St John ambulance features an automated stretcher, a chair that makes it significantly easier to move patients down sets of stairs, and a defibrillator and monitor that communicate directly with hospital staff.

Pictured: Some of those who attended the ceremony of Sunday - Gary Kilmister, vice-chair of the St John Mercury Bay Area Committee, Kieran (son) and Fleur Clayton of Frankies Sports Bar and Grill, Richard Blundell and Martin Cheer.


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