St John's Ambulance thanks Northern Ireland volunteers for work over busy winter
St John's Ambulance has paid tribute to volunteers for their work over the winter break.
More than 15,600 patients were treated in Northern Ireland's main emergency departments between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day - with nearly 1,000 forced to endure waiting times of more than 12 hours.
The Northern trust brought in four St John Ambulance volunteers to work at Antrim Area Hospital on New Year's night due to pressures.
The Board of Trustees of St John Ambulance said it was "delighted" to congratulate and thank the volunteers of the charity.
It said: "Over the Christmas holidays and New Year, St John Ambulance NI volunteers left friends and family at home and braved the elements to ensure everyone had a safe winter break.
"The Board of Trustees of St John Ambulance NI is delighted to congratulate and thank the volunteers of the charity who crewed ambulances over the holidays or attended at Antrim Area Hospital or delivered other first aid duties to give humanitarian support to the public at a time of need.
"We know that our well trained and caring volunteers give dedicated voluntary service to the community throughout the whole year.
"It is the fulfilment of our charitable mission.
"But their contribution over the festive period shows, yet again their outstanding generosity in the manner in which they gave so much of their time in the service of others.
"It is a most impressive example of the professionalism and volunteering ethos of all the personnel of St John Ambulance (NI). With thanks from everyone and best wishes for a Happy New Year to all our volunteers staff, trainer/assessors and the public whom we serve."
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