Rotary raises £5,000 for Community First Responders

Thursday 11th July 2013 – 8.55am – Chris Kowalik.

Volunteer lifesavers in north Shropshire have been presented with a cheque for £5,000 by the outgoing president of their local Rotary Club.

North Shropshire Community First Responders (CFRs) was the Rotary Club of Whitchurch’s charity of the year. The CFR scheme, a registered charity (number 1136523) funded by voluntary donation currently consists of a dozen active volunteers from all walks of life trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service who respond to medical emergencies in their area while an emergency ambulance service vehicle is en-route. The scheme covers all areas of the north of the county including Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Wem, Newport, Hinstock and Shawbury.

On Tuesday 2nd July, the scheme was presented with the cheque at Doddington Lodge Hotel in Whitchurch by the Rotary Club’s outgoing president George Brown. It was the result of a year of fundraising by the Rotary Club from various activities including a highly successful “Come Dine With Me” evening hosted at Whitchurch Rugby Club which raised in excess of £1,700.


Gerry Evans, Co-ordinator of the North Shropshire Community First Responders Scheme said: “We have had a longstanding association with the Rotary Club and this was the first time we have been their nominated charity. I didn’t expect them to raise so much money – I was very pleasantly surprised! The donation will go towards the replacement of two of our three scheme response cars.”

Pictured left to right: shows President George Brown presenting the cheque to (from the left) Gerry Evans (North Shropshire CFR scheme co-ordinator), Nick Lovatt (CFR), Lynne Stokes (CFR), George Brown (outgoing President of the Rotary Club of Whitchurch), Kelly Wood (CFR), David Ladd (CFR) and Simon Davies (CFR).


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