Saving Lives Up Your Street
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 was dedicated in the memory of a former Sevenoaks CFR, Ingrid Easterbrook, and was launched on the Saturday 3rd October 2015 by Michael Fallon, Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks, and Tom Tugendhat MBE, Member of Parliament for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling. The dedication was conducted by the Rev Peter Hills, Deupty Senior Chaplain for South East Coast Ambulance Service ( SECAmb).
The Deputy Mayor of Sevenoaks, Cllr Andrew Ayres, members of the public, friends and supporters all came along to meet the team along with Paul Sutton the CEO of SECAmb. Refreshments we provided by Raj Bari Indian Restaurant and Bo Jangles Coffee House whilst music was provided by Dortonian and friends.
We were also joined by Ingrid’s husband, Terry Easterbrook as well as other family members.
Michael Fallon MP said “It is a great pleasure to be involved in the launch of Ingrid. Sevenoaks Community First Responders is an excellent voluntary organisation that plays a vital role in saving lives in our local community: this new vehicle will enable them to offer a better service than ever.”
Tom Tugendhat MBE MP said “I am delighted to be attending the launch of Ingrid, which will make a huge contribution to the work of Sevenoaks CFRs. During my previous visit to see James and the team in July I was struck by their dedication to ensure our community is as safe as possible. They perform an indispensable function and provide a huge support to our emergency services. Ingrid will help them with their work and that is why I was delighted to be attend the launch on Saturday 3rdOctober.”
James Crawley, Trustee and CFR of Sevenoaks CFRs said “It was wonderful to see so many individuals join us for this once in a decade event. The launch of this vehicle is going to greatly enhance our capability to respond 365 24/7 in all weathers. As pure voluntary organisation that receives no public funding we rely on local resident’s generosity to keep the service running. Last year we were called out to over a 1,000 emergency 999 calls, ran 12 first aid & CPR training sessions, launched several PAD sites, and have trained over 300 people on CPR & AED usage.”
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.
The Team also run CPR, AED & First Aid courses for local residents throughout the year and this year have taught over 250 people.
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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