Donation boost for community responders

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EASTBOURNE Community Responders has been given a cash boost to buy new equipment. The donation of £1,722 was handed over to the voluntary group from Westham Parish Council.

Community Responders comprise voluntary members who work with and are trained by South East Coast Ambulance to provide a first response to 999 calls. As they live within the communities they serve, members are often able to be on the scene and provide assistance in the vital minutes before an ambulance arrives. Responders are all trained to deliver basic life support including defibrillation in the case of cardiac arrest. Matt Briggs at the group said, “The responder scheme is entirely self funded and totally dependent on donations. Each kit including defibrillator costs approximately £1,700 so we were delighted when the council offered to fund a kit for the new responder who is Maxine Russell.”