Community support for volunteer life-savers recruitment event

East of England Ambulance Service lifesavers recruitment event at Keysoe - from left, Julie Hood, Margaret Shiner, Sally Tugulu, Carol Howes and Heather Mcleod

East of England Ambulance Service lifesavers recruitment event at Keysoe - from left, Julie Hood, Margaret Shiner, Sally Tugulu, Carol Howes and Heather Mcleod

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A recruitment event hosted by ambulance volunteers in rural North Beds has been hailed a success and inspired plenty of community spirit.

The event, on Saturday, January 23, at Keysoe village hall, provided a variety of attractions including a raffle and a bake sale and organisers were pleased with support from the community.

A cycling club from St Neots were among many visitors who were able to learn about the role of community first responders (CFRs) and how they can get involved.

Group co-ordinator Carol Howes was amazed by the popularity of the event. She said: “It went really well and I was so please to see such a good turnout.”

All proceeds made from the bake sale and raffle will be put towards purchasing resources and equipment for the CFR group.

The aim of a CFR is to reach a potential life threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before an ambulance crew arrives. They are trained in basic life support which allows them to attend medical emergencies, such as cardiac arrests, in their neighbourhood.

Community partnership training officer for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Simon Marshall also attended and added: “There was an abundance of community spirit amongst the visitors and the CRFs, and the cakes were awesome too.”

For more information about becoming a CFR visit: http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/get-involved/community-first-responders.htm