Norfolk CFR group to receive royal honour

Stalham CFRs

A community first responder group in Norfolk is celebrating after being honoured with the highest possible accolade. 

Stalham CFRs will be formally presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this summer, after being announced as recipients of the MBE for volunteer groups. 

The Stalham group, which has been attending medical emergencies in north Norfolk for more than 10 years, was nominated by residents in the Stalham area, North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, and the Trust for their “amazing service”.

Tim Thirst, one of the CFR group's officers, said they were “immensely proud of this honour. We are also rewarded each time we are able to help someone when they are most in need.”

The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2nd June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. 

Richard Jewson, Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, said: “The Queen’s Awards recognise the positive contribution that community groups make to life in Norfolk and I am delighted that we have a winner with Stalham First Responders. I know from experience what a positive and sometimes crucial difference voluntary groups make to the lives of many people in this county.” 

In a typical year Stalham CFRs will be on call for around 6,000 hours, travel a total of 5,000 miles and attend to 170 patients.

Published 12th June, 2016

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