North Norfolk community first responders celebrate National Lottery grant

Responders national lottery grant

In what feels like a win of epic proportions, Stalham and Smallburgh community first responders (CFRs) have received £9,503 in grant funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

The fund gives grants to organisations in the UK to help improve their communities, with money awarded coming from the UK National Lottery.

Speaking about the grant, group Deputy Coordinator Tim Thirst said: “It’s reassuring to patients and their families to be seen first by someone they may already know in the community. This grant will enable us to expand our commitment and encourage more members of the community to train as an ambulance first responder. It will also assist us to update older pieces of equipment. We recently spent more than £4,000 on new equipment, but more is required.”

In a typical year the Stalham CFR group volunteer 8,000 hours of their own time attending close to 200 patients. This year those figures are already showing a steady increase, with the group attending more calls in the first half of this year when compared with the same period in 2016.

And the group’s achievements have not gone unnoticed. In the last few years their members have received long-service awards, an outstanding achievement award and a Chief Officer's Commendation. Last year, came one of the highest accolades given to any group in the country, when they received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk said: “I am thrilled by this news. I know they are a highly dedicated group of people. This award will help them, keep us, safe. Congratulations to them on securing this funding.”

Published 29th June, 2017

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