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Certificate presented by St John Ambulance Association, England, 1942

Nellie Roche completed a first aid course with the St John Ambulance Association and was presented with this certificate. The Association was founded in 1877 as a voluntary organisation originally dedicated to providing emergency help for industrial workers. This was then broadened to providing assistance at public events and the Association essentially remained the foremost provider of ambulance services until the formation of the NHS in 1948. Today, St John Ambulance has nearly 300,000 volunteers in 42 countries across the world.

Object number:

1999-909 Pt16

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Glossary: certificate

Documents giving authoritative recognition of a fact, qualification, or promise

Glossary: first aid

Treatment that is rendered initially for the care of an emergent condition. It is usually performed by a lay person to a sick or injured patient until definitive medical treatment can be accessed

Glossary: volunteering

Undertaking or offering to undertake, of one's own free will and without compensation, service to others or to some cause or institution, especially in a community context.