Every year, the West Bridgford Conservative Club on Rectory Road raises money for a chosen Charity of the Year.
Club Sscretary, Peter Brunger, said “Each year the club supports a chosen charity and in 2018 we were delighted to support the Trent District Community First Responders (TDCFR) who do so much to help the community.
“These volunteers are trained by, and work closely alongside, East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and respond in their spare time, unpaid, to answer 999 medical emergencies within their local communities.
“Over the past year, team members have logged over 4,400 hours on call and attended more than 1,300 incidents of behalf of EMAS.
“During busy periods they can often reach patients faster than an ambulance, particularly those living in rural areas, which may make all difference to the outcome especially, for example, to victims of stroke and cardiac arrest.
“ The team operates as a registered charity as it must cover the cost of its vehicles and purchase all its own specialist, and very expensive, medical equipment.
“At present, it costs around £1,500 to fully equip each individual first responder.”
During the year an amazing total of £4,078 was collected through a wide range of fundraising
activities by its members.
At a recent special event, Kenneth Clarke MP, honorary president of the club, presented the cheque to members of the TDCFR team and paid tribute to the work done by community first responder at a national and local level in meeting an immensely valuable need to help those in need of emergency medical care.
This year, the club is again fund raising yet again and has once again nominated the Trent District Community First Responders as its Charity of the Year for 2019.
Andy Stephens, treasurer of the charity and a community first responder himself, said “This incredible donation helps us to realise our ambition of a second liveried vehicle for our group.
“We have a number of new responders joining us during 2019 and this relieves any concerns we might have about having to equip the team while investing in our future.
“We are incredibly grateful to all of the members who contributed to fundraising efforts during the year and to the club committee and secretary who continue to offer us such valued support.”