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Holme-upon-Spalding Moor Gets its Own Team of Lifesavers

23 June 2014

Local people trained to become Community First Responders following successful fundraising appeal by two local schoolgirls

Community is coming first in Holme-upon-Spalding Moor this month after Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) worked with local volunteers to launch a Community First Responder scheme in the village.

Community First Responders are volunteers living in local communities across the region who are trained in basic life support, cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and oxygen therapy.

These community-minded locals are equipped with a kit which includes oxygen and an automated external defibrillator (AED) to help patients in a medical emergency such as a heart attack, collapse or breathing difficulties until an ambulance arrives.

Local schoolgirls Emma Roberts and Lydia Adrian sparked interest in the village when they raised almost £1,300 to provide Holme-upon-Spalding Moor with its own AED. Inspired by the community spirit shown by the young baton-twirling fundraisers, villagers got in touch with YAS to look into setting up their own Community First Responder scheme and the Trust provided training and support to get the Scheme off the ground.

Holme-upon-Spalding Moor Community First Responder Launch
Holme-upon-Spalding Moor lifesaving Community First Responder volunteers get their scheme off the ground.

Emma and Lydia organised several events to reach their fundraising target, including taking part in a baton twirling performance at Le Petit Café, holding cake sales, first aid courses and dance classes.

Ben Rushworth, Community Defibrillation Trainer for the area at Yorkshire Ambulance Service said: “Community First Responders offer an invaluable contribution to their communities and we’re delighted to be setting up a scheme in Holme-upon-Spalding Moor. Emma and Lydia have done a superb job raising money for the village to have its own AED and the Scheme will mean we have trained volunteers on hand to ensure this life-saving piece of kit can swing into action if required.

“The first few minutes are critical in a medical emergency and access to effective treatment really does save lives. Being a Community First Responder can be extremely rewarding and I would encourage anyone who may be interested in taking on the role to get in touch.

“As volunteers are based within their local community they may only be a minute or two away from a medical emergency and very often their role is to simply provide reassurance to patients and their families until ambulance clinicians arrive. However, in extreme cases, such as a heart attack, they can perform CPR or use their defibrillator to restart a person’s heart which could save a life.

“Our volunteers come from all walks of life and the Scheme provides access to first-class training and the opportunity to gain experience and help your local community.”

The Holme-upon-Spalding Moor group is now looking for more volunteers to be a part of the initiative. Volunteers must be over 18 years of age, physically fit, and hold a full driving licence with no more than three penalty points. Full training will be given to successful applicants on completion of a full Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

For further information or to join a local scheme, email responders@yas.nhs.uk or telephone 0845 120 3155.

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department