A GROUP of community first responders (CFRs) – often the first port of call in life-threatening medical situations – have been awarded £1,500 from The Lions Club of Coventry Godiva.
Godiva Voluntary Medical Responders, a group of six CFRs, were presented with the cheque for £1,500 on Friday outside Coventry City Council House.
The event was attended by City of Coventry Lord Mayor, Coun John McNicholas and Lady Mayoress Dr June McNicholas who spoke with the CFRs about their role in supporting the ambulance service.
Carl Rose, Trustee of Godiva Voluntary Medical Responders Coventry, thanked the Lions, adding their support meant a lot.
“Our charity is funded entirely by voluntary donations, like this, and every penny helps to fund our vehicle and equipment which directly helps patients in and around Coventry.
“Our responders give their time freely and tirelessly to be there for patients in their time of need.”
The generous donation is already being used to fund new equipment, including ‘suction units’ to help patients unable to maintain a clear airway – such as those who have suffered a cardiac arrest.
The Lions’ Club president Pranoti Jadhav, said the group’s two main charities this year were Save the Children and Bowel Cancer Research but when they heard about the CFRs they just had to help.
Nitin Koria, the Lions’ head of fund-raising, added: “I’m Coventry born and bred, but I’d not been aware of the fantastic work of CFRs until I spoke with Carl which was really eye opening to me and to the Lions group.
“After learning about the fantastic role of CFRs supporting the NHS we felt that we wanted to say thank you to them by helping with the purchase of equipment.”
Coun McNicholas added: “It’s remarkable that we’ve got voluntary organisations working together for the benefit of the city and they’re doing a wonderful job.
“It’s very reassuring for the City that CFRs are there and long may it be so.
“I am looking forward to meeting ambulance staff and volunteers at Coventry hub in the near future to say a personal thank you on behalf of the City for their continued efforts.”