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Written by Sevenoaks CFRs on Thursday, 17 September 2015

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Launch of Sevenoaks CFRs New 4x4 Response Vehicle – Saturday 3rd October 2015

Sevenoaks Community First Responders Receive Lottery Funding for a 4x4 Emergency Response Vehicle

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Sevenoaks Community First Responders (SevenoaksCFRs) have received a grant of £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to partly fund a new 4x4 Response Vehicle for the Sevenoaks District and surrounding areas. The Vehicle is being dedicated in the memory of a former Sevenoaks CFR, Ingrid Easterbrook, and will be launched on the Saturday 3rd October 2015 by Tom Tugendhat MBE MP one of our local MPs in the area in which we operate.  Members of the public, friends and supporters are invited to come along and see the vehicle, meet the team, learn some CPR and enjoy refreshments by Raj Bari Indian Restaurant and Bow Jangles whilst listening to music from Dortonian and friends. The dedication of the vehicle will be at 10.30am at the Sevenoaks Town Council Offices, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3QG.

About Sevenoaks Community First Responders

Community First Responders are volunteer members of the community, trained by the ambulance service to respond to emergency calls through the 999 system. The primary role of a Community First Responder (CFR) is to be first on scene and provide life-saving emergency treatment in their local area to prevent deterioration, promote recovery and preserve life.  CFRs carry AEDs and other medical equipment including dressings, oxygen and some drugs to further benefit patients whilst waiting for an ambulance.

Whilst South East Coast Ambulance Service performs very well, we have to recognise that there are some communities that are extremely difficult to reach. This is where the role of the community first responder is vital. Sevenoaks Community First Responders was set up over 9 years ago to provide a team of volunteers throughout Sevenoaks District including all the outlying towns.  The team can respond to over 100 emergency 999 calls a month 24/7 365 days of the year. We currently have five active responders and two in training.  We rely entirely on donations to pay for the lifesaving equipment we carry, raised through high street collections and sponsorship by local businesses and groups.

The Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.

Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £33 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.

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