A LLANDUDNO charity has raised enough money to buy a brand-new ambulance that will provide first aid cover at events around Llandudno and further across North Wales.

Volunteers for St John’s Cymru Llandudno (SJCL), the Llandudno branch of the charity which provides voluntary staff and training for first aid, have raised £20,000 since last summer after a series of successful funding applications and community work.

In August last year, the volunteers took part in the community grant scheme, Bags of Help run by Tesco to help worthy community projects, from which they received £4,000.

They then raised £9,999 from the Gwynt Y Môr offshore windfarm grant scheme.

The remaining £6,000 needed to fund the ambulance was raised during fundraising efforts by the group, such as first aid training workshops, supermarket collections and providing first aid cover at community events.

Stephen More, SJCL divisional officer in charge, said: “The awarding of this funding was key in helping us develop and implement the project. On behalf of our volunteer team, I would like to thank the public who have helped support us so far. I’d also like to thank all the shoppers who voted for us at Tesco in Llandudno Junction throughout the past few months as well as the generosity of Innogy.

“We can’t wait to bring the new vehicle into service soon.”

When purchased, the vehicle will be used to provide event first aid cover at events in and around Llandudno and further across North Wales. At larger events, the vehicle will allow for the transportation of patients to hospital for further treatment.