Hand-drawn card all the thanks needed

Press Release

Painstakingly drawn pictures showing a car, tree and one of the St John vehicles accompanied a handwritten note from Talia Trew thanking ambulance personnel for saving her dad.

Father-of-two Scott Trew is lucky to be alive after the car he was travelling in skidded off the road at Neergabby and smashed into a tree.

Scott was trapped for two hours and needed expertise from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to free him from the crumpled car, before being transported to Royal Perth Hospital.

St John Woodridge Sub Centre volunteers Colin Gofton and Melanie Lockett were first on the scene.

Colin, who is also the Chair of the Lancelin Sub Centre, said the accident was serious and he was amazed at Scott’s recovery.

One month after the crash, the Woodridge team were thrilled to reunite with the Trew family and see Scott’s progress first-hand.

“It is always great and rewarding to receive feedback from patients that we have helped in their moment of need,” Colin said.

When meeting the volunteers who rescued her dad, 10-year-old Talia and 9-year-old Jarrah presented them with a hand-drawn card featuring an ambulance on the cover.

“Thank you for saving my dad,” it read. 

“He is happy [to be home] and is getting lots of massages from us”.

Colin said he hoped other community members would be inspired by Talia’s artwork to consider joining St John.

“Having volunteers available to help people give us great satisfaction, and we are always looking for new volunteers to join our team.”

No matter where you live, you can make a positive impact in your community by becoming a St John volunteer. 

Find out more about the volunteer work available and join us today.

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