The West Bridgford Conservative Club has announced that it has chosen the Trent District Community First Responders as its ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2018.
This group of unpaid volunteers are trained by East Midlands Ambulance Service and respond in their spare time to 999 medical emergencies within their local communities. The team operates as a registered charity as it must purchase all its own specialist, and very expensive, medical equipment. At present, it costs around £1000 to fully equip each First Responder. Their purpose is to reach those in need of emergency medical treatment ahead of an ambulance and thereby save valuable minutes. Those minutes can be lifesaving, especially in rural areas and at busy times.
Club Secretary, Peter Brunger, said ‘We are delighted to be supporting the Trent District Community First Responders throughout 2018 and hope to raise several thousand pounds through fund raising events and the generosity of our members. This local team of around twenty First Responders does a remarkable job and they are a truly deserving cause. I hope our sponsorship will both contribute to their operational costs and create greater recognition for all the work they do in support of East Midlands Ambulance Service and the community they serve.’
Oliver Bere, from the Trent District Community First Responders added, ‘Our job is to save lives and we rely on help from organisations like the West Bridgford Conservative Club to meet the high cost of the medical equipment needed by our team of volunteers. We really appreciate the support of the Club and its members and the enthusiasm they have shown in working with us.’
The two organisations are already working together. In September, Oliver and another First Responder, Alison Curtis, ran two training sessions for staff and members of the Club demonstrating Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of a defibrillator (AED) which the Club has recently purchased on the teams recommendation.
Linda Speed, Club Chairman said, ‘The courses were both useful and very enjoyable being a mix of clear verbal instruction and hands-on practice. Although the defibrillators are automatic and can be used without tuition, this training has given us the confidence to act without hesitation in an emergency.’
So far this year the Club has raised well over £2000 for The Association of Guide Dogs for the Blind, their Charity of the Year for 2017, and, with other events planned, it is believed the total may exceed £3000 by the year end.