The London Ambulance Service is on the search for volunteers to help them save lives in Putney.

They are looking for Community First Responder (CFR) volunteers to be trained to a nationally-recognised level of emergency medical care, to work alongside the LAS and the St John’s Ambulance.

St John’s Ambulance Community Response Lead John Newman said: “This is a great opportunity for community-minded people to make a difference by learning how to save lives.”

Accountant Simon Watts, 31, from Putney, works as a community responder in his neighbourhood.

He said: “I wanted to be able to make a difference to people in need in my local community, and to be in a position where I would be confident to provide first aid as and when required.

“I often do at least one shift a week, and I have attended a wide variety of calls including difficulty in breathing, chest pain, seizure, allergic reaction and diabetic emergency.”

An open evening will be held on January 18 from 7pm-9pm at St John Ambulance HQ Richmond in Park Lane, Richmond, for people to find out about how to become a CFR.

Anyone interested in finding our more, should contact Marian Thompson at St John Ambulance on 020 7258 7025, e-mail, or visit