St John Ambulance gets boost from Veolia Water

St John Ambulance Hertfordshire is one of 150 local groups who applied for a slice of the Community Investment Fund for 2011.All applications were carefully considered and more than 40 groups will receive a share of the Fund, with grants ranging from £500 to £2,500.

The donation has gone towards the rewiring at the Hemel Hempstead training venue in Crescent Road, which is used to train volunteers and company delegates in First Aid.

Brian Wingate, Chief Executive Officer for St John Ambulance Hertfordshire, said: "We are extremely grateful for the donation from Veolia Water. We provide First Aid cover at sports and major events across Hertfordshire and receive no government or lottery funding, so we are reliant on the goodwill and generosity of donations such as this."

Veolia Water Central Managing Director, Richard Bienfait, said: "Veolia Water is delighted to support local groups through our Community Investment Fund. We increased the fund from £30,000 in 2010 to £50,000 this year as we had so many worthy applications.

"Veolia Water cares for its local community and we hope the Fund will make a difference to the groups that have been selected this year," he added.

A committee of Veolia Water staff - many of whom live locally - allocated the money and will be visiting some of the successful projects to see for themselves how the money will benefit the organisations.

One other local group has benefitted from the Community Investment Fund: £500 has gone to Dacorum Volunteer Police Cadets, a new group for young people that aims to development communication skills and offer community help.

Further information about the beneficiaries of the 2011 Community Investment Fund can be found

Photo caption:

Veolia Water Customer Service Technician Harry Parsons, who is also a fully-trained St John Ambulance First Aider, on the right with Michael Kemp of St John outside the rewired Commercial Training Base in Hemel Hempstead. In the background is Phil Janes, a member of the St John cycle response unit.

Notes to Editors:

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For further information or to speak to a spokesperson at St John Ambulance please contact Nicole Foulger, County PR Officer on: Tel: 01438 363229, email: [email protected]

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