Tuesday 15th July 2014 – 8.30pm – Chris Kowalik.
Specsavers Opticians in High Street, Bridgnorth have been showing their support for the volunteers of Bridgnorth Community First Responder Scheme over the past 12 months.
Nearly £1,000 has been raised through requesting small donations from customers who have visited the store for repairs and adjustments.
Former Specsavers employee and Bridgnorth CFR Emma Stanton was instrumental in organising the fundraising efforts which also included baking days and fancy dress days for store staff. Emma is now training with West Midlands Ambulance Service as a Student Paramedic, but hopes to continue her role as a Community First Responder too.
Co-ordinator for the Bridgnorth District CFR scheme Ian Thompson said: “On behalf of our volunteers in Bridgnorth I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the management and staff of Specsavers for their kind co-operation, and for the generosity of the customers of the store. Every donation we receive goes towards ensuring we can train and equip more volunteers to support the ambulance service in our community”.
Community First Responders are volunteers who live and work in the local community and make themselves available to attend emergency calls, providing care and treatment until the arrival of an ambulance. They are committed individuals who are trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised standard and devote their spare time to the role. Bridgnorth CFR scheme has been operational since 2001.
Bridgnorth CFRs Emma Stanton and Bill Groom with Bea Pope-Sadler of Specsavers