I am pleased to report that I have given a grant of £2,000 from my County Councillor Community budget towards a new medical kit and defibrillator for the Wantage and Grove Community First Responders. This group of volunteers currently respond to between 40 and 50 life threatening '999' calls each month which can vary from cardiac arrests to breathing problems and convulsions.
The group have to rely solely on the generosity of the community and local organisations who support them to help raise funds to buy equipment and replace old kit. There are currently 12 responders, but there were only 6 medical kits to go around, so this grant will buy a complete new kit to be in use.
The First Responders are a group of local volunteers who provide emergency life support to the local community whilst the ambulance despatched by South Central Ambulance Service is on route. We all know how important it is to ensure that life-threatening situations are dealt with quickly and so I hope this will help this valuable cause.
I do still have some small funds available if there are any further community groups who would wish to apply. You can find out more informataion and download a form via the County website here.