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When Tim Ravenhill got to his desk at BT in Cardiff, he thought it was going to be a normal day at the office. He didn’t expect to need first aid, but a medical emergency can happen anywhere.












It did happen

Tim suddenly experienced a massive heart attack and his heart stopped beating. His colleagues knew that getting treatment fast was going to be the difference between life and death.

We were there

Thankfully, St John Wales volunteer James Bishop was on-call as a cycle first responder in the city centre. He responded to the 999 call and was able to get to Tim within two minutes.
James used his first aid training to set up his portable defibrillator and keep Tim’s heart beating until the ambulance arrived.

You can help

You can help us to have a first aider on every street in Wales.

  • £120 Provides training and equipment for a St John Wales volunteer
  • £60 Helps an ambulance to travel more than 250 miles
  • £15 Trains a new parent in vital first aid skills

Please make your donation today. 


“I don't remember anything about that day, but I would like to say thank you. I was incredibly lucky to be helped so fast”

Tim Ravenhill


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