Award success at Royal Norfolk Show and public insight at Cromer station

Cromer station open day 2017

 

It was a bumper engagement week for Norfolk staff and volunteers thanks to two big events.

Firstly, a big thanks to the staff and volunteers who helped hundreds learn to save a life during the Royal Norfolk Show.

They took part in the two-day event and were part of the award-winning Emergency Services Village.

More than 800 children were taught CPR during the show by community first responders and EEAST staff.

An impromptu CPR competition was also organised between the ambulance service, CFRs, Norfolk Police, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue and Happisburgh Coastguard.

Andrew Barlow, an EEAST Community Collaboration Manager, said: “It was fantastic to teach so many children CPR over the two days and hopefully it has sparked their interest in emergency healthcare.

“We had a really positive response from people wanting to join community first responder schemes across Norfolk and people interested in joining the ambulance service.”

The emergency services village won the best trade stand award during the show.

Then on Sunday, a popular annual station open day raised hundreds of pounds for a children’s charity.

Hundreds of visitors descended on Cromer ambulance station, which was attended by a host of emergency services.

Proceeds from a raffle and cake and refreshment sales raised more than £600 for Nelson’s Journey, which supports bereaved children in Norfolk.

Visitors explored inside an ambulance, rapid response vehicle, fire engine, police van, and Daisy the vintage ambulance.

The event involved Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, Norfolk Constabulary, Norfolk Accident Rescue Service, RNLI, Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue, the Army, and East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Organiser Dale Meacham-Roberts said: “I’d like to thank everyone who attended our third open day at Cromer. The sun was shining and several hundred attended.

“I’d like to thank all the EEAST staff who helped out and the emergency services and charities that attended.”

More children will learn life-saving skills on Restart a Heart Day on 16th October.  Staff are being urged to contact their community collaboration managers if they would like to get involved.

Published 12th July, 2017

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