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Monday, 29 December 2014

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Ulverston community rallies to support lifesavers

IN a crisis, split seconds can make the difference between life and death. That is why Ulverston’s newest volunteer lifesavers are grateful for a generous donation which will help them react within minutes of an emergency.

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action stations First Responders Janet Herbert and Shaun Rigg from Ulverston

Ulverston Community First Responders have received a cheque for £250 from GlaxoSmithKlyne’s charity committee to help with their costs.

The money will be added to the £460 that was raised at a special charity evening at The Lancastrian pub in Mountbarrow Road earlier this month.

First responder Janet Herbert welcomed the donations and urged the public to support the team as much as possible. She said: “We now have £710 in our fund, which is a fantastic start.

“We have to fund ourselves, it’s all down to us. We are volunteers and rely on charity to help us buy equipment for our first aid bags and the defibrillators.

“There will be a lot more fundraising to come because we’ll need it.”

As reported in Monday’s Evening Mail, the first responders have two qualified members and are looking to expand.

Mrs Herbert and fellow first responder Shaun Rigg have been trained by the North West Ambulance Service to deal with heart attacks, breathing difficulties and heavy bleeding.

If members are close by when an emergency occurs, they may be called upon if they can be on the scene before an ambulance.

Mark Evans, NWMS’s community resuscitation team manager for Cumbria and Lancashire said: “Community first responders are trained and activated by the North West Ambulance Service to attend certain emergency calls where time can make the difference between life and death.”

For more information on becoming a first responder, visit www.nwas-responders.com or call 0845 0021 999.

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