Countess of Wessex Visits Isle of Wight

  July 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm by

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Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, visited the Isle of Wight on Thursday. She met with ambulance operators and volunteers, who provide first-aid support for the island’s residents. Young volunteers, who are known as Badgers and Cadets, demonstrated their knowledge of first-aid, radio and computer skills for the Countess.

The Countess serves as Grand President of St. John’s Ambulance. The charity has centers all over the island, but only two ambulances currently serve the population, and the residents are hoping to be able to buy another ambulance. The chairman of St. John’s, Major Randall Cross, told the Isle of Wight County Press that “one of the ambulances needs to retire”.

Sophie also met with the county president, and the deputy county medical officer. She gave her support of the appeal to purchase a new ambulance. The islanders have already raised some of the money needed to make this goal a reality.

In addition to meeting with the Ambulance Council, the Countess of Wessex also met with students from St. Catherine’s school. She ate lunch at the school, and was presented with a lovely floral bouquet by an 8 year-old student.

For more information about the St. John’s Ambulance Badgers and Cadets, please visit this website.

To read about, and to discuss the Countess of Wessex, please visit this thread.

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