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GALE AND BRAZIER SECURE DEBATE ON ST JOHN AMBULANCE   15th January 2014
 
Kent MPs Sir Roger Gale and Julian Brazier have joined forces to secure an adjournment debate in the House of Commons to publicise their concerns about the future of St John Ambulance.
 
Following the re-structuring of St. John, the abolition of the County divisions and the creation of a more remote regional structure, they and a number of other MPs believe that the charitable aims and objectives of St. John are under threat.  They fear that the service provided to the community through the training and deployment of first-aiders (particularly cadets) is to be diminished and that a once-proud organisation is in danger of being turned into little more than a commercial training organisation.
 
Julian said:
 
“I am particularly concerned for the future funding of the local St. John retirement home in Whitstable.  Over the years many people have made sizeable donations to the home and, although St John Ambulance initially indicated that these monies would be ring-fenced for the use of the home, it now appears that this may not be the case.” 
 
Sir Roger adds:
 
“As the Vice-President of the newly “re-structured” Canterbury and Coastal St. John I have very grave concerns over the impact that  re-organisation is likely to have upon fundraising and, more importantly upon the First Aid training and services traditionally provided by St. John”.
 

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