Tractor run to raise vital funds for volunteer lifesavers

Thursday 18st April 2013 – 1.10pm – Chris Kowalik.

Vintage tractors are due to take to the woods and countryside of Shropshire and Herefordshire to raise funds for a group of volunteer lifesavers.

The tractor run on Sunday 23rd June will be the second such event in aid of Leintwardine and Bucknell Community First Responders following last year’s successful inaugural run. It will begin at 10am from Daffodil Lane Recreational Ground in Bucknell.

Community First Responders are everyday members of the public trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level in lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator, a device used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. Their local knowledge and proximity are among their many assets, particularly in rural areas. They can be sent by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an emergency ambulance vehicle is en-route.

There are four CFRs in Leintwardine and Bucknell including a man who first used a defibrillator for real on his own sister who subsequently survived the cardiac arrest she had suffered.

This year’s fundraising tractor run will raise funds for the CFR scheme in the two villages and for Bucknell Memorial Hall.

Anyone wishing to take part or to sponsor the event is invited to contact Community First Responder Nicola Edwards on 07973 563 829.

It is one of two fundraising events for the group in the same month; on Sunday 9th June the CFRs with the assistance of local firefighters will carry a stretchered “patient” 5.3 miles from Bucknell to Leintwardine. Anyone wishing to sponsor them is again asked to contact Nicola.

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Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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