Keynsham event to celebrate the emergency services

A DAY of events will be held in Keynsham this month to celebrate the dedication and bravery of emergency service workers.

It will also raise money for a St John Ambulance vehicle to help its volunteers to continue their life-saving efforts.

Keynsham Emergency Services Day will be held at St Francis Church on Saturday July 20. It will feature a range of activities to educate and entertain attendees of all ages.

Highlights include ambulance tours, CPR workshops, and the chance to meet local police officers. Avon and Somerset Police, the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity,

St John Ambulance, and Freewheelers EVS are some of the confirmed participants.

The event will also showcase local talents and businesses, with stalls devoted to photography, homemade crafts and jewellery.

Local causes such as the Bristol Bleed Kit Campaign and Suicide Prevention UK will also be represented. As well as raising money for St Francis Church, the day of events will also boost St John Ambulance’s efforts to acquire a Community Support Unit Vehicle serving Bristol and Avon.

A St John Ambulance spokesperson said: “These units, equipped with essential tools and adaptable for all terrains, will enhance our capacity to provide rapid, safe responses at public events and emergencies.

“Our volunteers are the backbone of our community’s health and safety, attending over 120 events last year alone, many of which were supported free of charge.”

A recent testament to their efforts came from Richard Walker, executive chair of Iceland. He called them “the true heroes of the day,” after two Keynsham-based volunteers – Becky James and Matthew Cleave, both aged 17 – helped save his life when he collapsed with heatstroke during the London Marathon.

Entry to Keynsham Emergency Services Day, which runs from 12pm to 5pm, is free.

One of the organisers said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to show our appreciation for the emergency services and to come together as a community.”

Pictured, a Community Support Unit Vehicle like the one St John Ambulance wants to acquire