Second responder kit allows volunteers to help more people in Essex community

Mersea Island 2nd Kit Bagntk

Extra lifesaving help is now available to the people of Mersea Island thanks to the addition of a second community responder bag.

Generous support from the people of Mersea Island has led to the community first responder (CFR) group purchasing a second kit, which includes a defibrillator, oxygen cylinder, bag valve mask, and various dressings. This will allow the Essex group to add to the cover it provides as community first responders for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST).

CFRs are volunteers who are trained by the ambulance service to attend certain types of emergency calls where they live or work. Their aim is to reach potential life threatening emergencies, such as a cardiac arrest, in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives.

Christine Cheetham, co-ordinator for Mersea Island CFRs, said: “Thank you to everyone that has helped us fund raise. Your generosity will mean we can be there when we are needed the most and really make the difference.

“A second kit is particularly invaluable during the summer months when island community increases significantly and during the times when the tide is covering the Strood, limiting access to us.”

The group is now looking to replace its second phone and is seeking donations of an iPhone 6 or similar.  If you can help, or would like to find out more about joining the Mersea Island group, please contact them via their Facebook page -

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