Charity gears up for festival season

Music festival

St Andrew’s First Aid will provide support for more than 230,000 music fans this summer

25th June 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

A charity is gearing up to provide first aid support at Scotland’s biggest music festivals this summer.

As festival season looms, St Andrew’s First Aid is preparing for its biggest musical festival season ever after the charity was announced as the selected first aid provider for both TRNSMT and Glasgow Summer Sessions.

Across six days, a dedicated team of volunteers, alongside the onsite doctors and medical professionals, will be on hand to provide first aid support to around 238,000 music enthusiasts – giving up more than 2,700 hours of their own time to ensure others have the first aid support they need in the event of an incident. All funds from the appointment by DF Concerts will be invested back into the charity to help train further volunteers and go towards the purchase of uniforms, specialist equipment and mobile first aid units.

Approximately 50 first aiders will be on site at TRNSMT across the three days of the festival, with around 25 attending the Glasgow Summer Sessions.  As well as providing vital first aid services, the teams will also be fundraising at each event to ensure the charity can continue to provide their trained skills and services to communities across Scotland.

Stuart Callison, chief executive of St Andrew’s First Aid, said “We are delighted to be working with DF Concerts and their partners this summer. Our volunteers are highly skilled and equipped to deal with a wide range of incidents from cuts and concussions to sun stroke, dehydration and heart attacks. They’ll be giving up their own time to make sure that others can enjoy theirs.

“We’d advise anyone attending these festivals to take two minutes of their time to identify where our volunteers are located – it can help reduce sometimes critical minutes in the event of an incident.

“It’s going to be a great summer of music and we’re looking forward to being a part of it.”

Geoff Ellis, chief executive of DF Concerts & Events, said: “We’re glad to be in the safe hands of St Andrew’s First Aid during TRNSMT and Glasgow Summer Sessions this year which will complement our strong medical resources onsite. Their team of welfare volunteers are a vital resource that we couldn’t operate without, and it’s great to know that our contract will allow reinvestment into the charity.”

Both TRNSMT and Glasgow Summer Sessions are set to be highlights of the summer with bill toppers including Stormzy, Catfish and the Bottlemen and George Ezra at TRNSMT and The Cure, Foo Fighters, and The 1975 at Glasgow Summer Sessions.