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‘RESPONDING’ IN RURAL AREAS

Thanks to volunteers in and around Wrentham, Frostenden, Uggeshall and South Cove, a team of ‘First Responders’ has provided early help in numerous local emergencies.

Five volunteers have been trained by the Ambulance Service to give vital support in the first critical minutes of an emergency such as cardiac arrest and breathing difficulties, as well as giving reassurance to patients and their family until the ambulance arrives.

Launched about twelve months ago by the joint Parish Councils of Wrentham and Frostenden, Uggeshall and South Cove, the team has received generous support from Adnams Charity £1276.59, The Benacre Trust £1000.00, Southwold Lions£2124.19, Reydon & Southwold Pantomime Group £600 and ‘The Ladybirds’ £50.00, as well as from fund-raising events and many individuals. This support has enabled the team to be equipped with kits each containing defibrillator, oxygen and other essentials.

The ‘Responders’ continue their training on a monthly basis at Wrentham Village Hall and at present are able to provide both night and daytime cover in this large area.

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Left to right: David Bunkell, Shane Sillett, Hilary Gregory, Nathan Bartlett and Geoffrey Scriven
     
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