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Ashfield First Responders - £1000 Boost!

Ashfield First Responders - £1000 Boost!

Newly formed Ashfield Community First Responders have just received a healthy boost to funds, thanks to Sarah Priest, a member of the new team, who nominated them for a £1,000 donation from Idlewells Shopping Centre.

Idlewells teamed up with local newspaper, The Chad, back in June, to start its new Community Fund project aimed at supporting local charities and causes.

Ashfield Community First Responders was one of well over 100 nominations reviewed by a panel of representatives from The Chad and Idlewells. All nominations were marked against a set of criteria using information provided within the nomination.

“It was a lengthy process, but we wanted to make sure we made the right decision – a scoring system was used to ensure our hearts didn’t rule our heads,” said Chloe O’Donnell, Assistant Manager at Idlewells.

A Community First Responder is a volunteer who is trained by the ambulance service to attend emergency calls in the area they live or work. They are dispatched by the East Midlands Ambulance Service at the same time as an ambulance, but because they live locally they will often arrive first on the scene and provide essential early treatment.

“We are delighted with the response to our first Community Fund donation,” continued Chloe. “We will have another donation to award in October and urge even more nominations - and anyone who was unsuccessful this time to please try again.”

To find out more about Community First Responders, or you would like to consider becoming a Community First Responder yourself, click here.

Main Picture: The Ashfield Community First Response team (l-r) Sarah Priest, Lianna Storey, James Storer and Ashfield Co-ordinator, Sarah Lewsey.