The British Monarchist Foundation sponsors the “Queen’s Cup” award, which is the First Place award/trophy for the Industry Steering Group First Aid Competition. This award is presented by the Chairman of the British Monarchist Foundation on an annual basis to the Champions of the Adult Division of the First Aid competition, which is administrated by the Industry Steering Group, under the close Patronage of Lord Lingfield.
The Duke of Gloucester as Grand Prior of the Venerable Order of St John, gave his name to a first aid competition run by St John Ambulance and this included not only teams from St John, but also from a number of large industries. Ten years ago St John asked the Industry Steering Group to run the Grand Prior Competitions, which they did on behalf of St John. The Grand Priory of St John recently reviewed their involvement in the Grand Priory Competition and decided it had a lower priority than other schemes, so they withdrew their support. The lifesaving skills of the first aider are renewed every three years by attending a course. In the interim period between one course and other, if the first aider is not regularly involved in using these lifesaving skills, they can easily forget what to do in an emergency. The Competitions provide the opportunity to hone these skills by practising on casualties who are made up for their injuries and who act out the symptoms and signs. Without this opportunity, to provide practice and training, many more casualties are likely to die.
The Industry Steering Group decided to take over the running of the Competitions, with the support of Lord Lingfield and the first competitions took place at Blackpool on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 20th to the 22nd November 2014. The Industry Steering Group consists of members of the Coal Board, the Ambulance Service, The Police, the Fire Service, Dockland and British Ports Authority, the Post Office, Railways (supported by Virgin Trains) and the St. Andrews Society. Other industries which are or may be involved in future competitions are Gas and Electricity, Cement, Gypsum, Welsh Grand Priory of St John and Northern Ireland. There will be some 24-26 teams competing with 7 young first aiders and 2 novice teams.
The British Monarchist Foundation was asked to consider being involved by donating the top award to the winners of the Adult Competition. The Trustees of the Foundation have agreed to sponsor the overall winners of the Adult Competition a silver cup, which has been named “The Queens Cup”. This will be presented to the winners by the Chairman of the British Monarchist Foundation at the conclusion of the competition. It is the intention that this will be an annual competition and the British Monarchist Foundation will attend the competition annually to present the “Queens Cup”.
BMF Chairman with Lord Lingfield, The Winners of the “Queen’s Cup” and the BMF Secretary General