First Responders 'desperately' need new volunteers

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James Harrison

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Award-winning volunteer life-savers have issued a fresh call for new recruits.

The Windsor and Maidenhead Community First Responders group ‘desperately’ needs new volunteers for the life-saving initiative.

This year, it received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in June, was highly commended at the SportsAble awards, presented in September, at which it was nominated for ‘volunteer group of the year’, and got a £1,000 donation from the Atul Pathak Corporation.

Cheryl Mathews, area coordinator for the group, said: “We desperately need more people to provide assistance across the whole county, no prior training needed, if I can do it, practically anyone can.

“It's made a huge difference to my life and it can to anyone.”

First responders work with the emergency services to deliver first aid to a casualty.

They are able to provide vital help to someone in urgent need of medical attention while an ambulance is dispatched.

Though not as well-trained as the ambulance crew, their early intervention can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.

Cheryl said: “I've just entered my 12th year of doing this.

“It's immensely rewarding, at times heartbreaking, but we meet some lovely people and can provide assistance when they're at their most vulnerable.

“There's hardly anything better than that.”

Volunteers typically spend at least 20 hours a month with the responders, although many will do more than this.

They are expected to know the community they work in, in order to facilitate their early arrival. Email cheryl@maidenheadfirstresponders.co.uk for details.

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