Dudley MP Ian Austin has joined volunteers at the reopening of Dudley’s St John Ambulance volunteer unit.
Martin Gallagher, Dudley’s new Unit Manager, has reopened the volunteer unit three years after it was closed due to staff shortages.
St John Ambulance is the nation’s leading first aid charity, with local volunteer units providing trained staff to cover events across the country.
Austin has been an active supporter of St John Ambulance, and took part in their First Aid Training Course as part of their ‘Save a Life September’ campaign.
Ian Austin said:
“I have always admired the brilliant work St John Ambulance does saving lives across the West Midlands.
“It’s so impressive to meet local people who work a long shift in A&E, spend all day at work as social workers or in other busy demanding jobs and then give up to 20 hours a week unpaid to volunteer for St John’s at community events, concerts or looking after spectators at sports matches.
“I know that the new unit will be a great asset to the community, and I’ll be doing what I can to support them with donations from the good causes fund I set up when I refused to take last year's MPs' pay rise.”