£4,800 handed to life-saving volunteers

Round Table Committee Member Adam Streather presenting one of the kits to Brian Rockell, 1066 Country CFR Team Leader
Round Table Committee Member Adam Streather presenting one of the kits to Brian Rockell, 1066 Country CFR Team Leader
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Monies raised from this year’s Hastings Beer and Music Festival are already being used to fund projects in the Hastings area.

Hastings Round Table recently handed £4,800 to 1066 Country CFR enabling them to buy three lifesaving kits to equip their Community First Responders.

The response kits, consisting of defibrillators, oxygen and other emergency medical equipment will be given to volunteers working on behalf of the ambulance service to ultimately save lives within the Hastings and St Leonards areas.

Community First Responders (CFRs) are everyday members of the public who are trained in life saving and emergency techniques by South East Coast Ambulance Service. They are alerted by mobile phone to 999 emergencies within their locality whilst an ambulance is already en-route. Although CFRs do not replace an ambulance being despatched, they can save vital seconds in an emergency.

Brian Rockell, 1066 Country CFR team leader, said “In our pilot phase, we have already seen how this equipment can save lives.

“This valuable donation enables us to expand in Hastings and St Leonards and to develop this vital emergency service, serving our local communities. We are really grateful to the Hastings Round Table for recognising how this will help local people.”

Adam Streather, Hastings Round Table committee member, added: “These kits will continue to save lives in our local communities. Community First Responders give up their spare time to make a difference to people in their local community. I am very pleased to be able to present this money to such a worthwhile cause.”