Cooking up a treat to raise money for life savers

Monday, 13 September, 2010

The work of Bumpstead First Responders has been given a boost thanks to a recent fundraising event.

Bumpstead Urban Mountaineering Society held a hog roast in the garden of the Red Lion pub in aid of the ambulance volunteer group and raised £346. The official handover of the funds raised was recently made by the Society to the Bumpstead First Responders and Bumpstead CFR co-ordinator Carole Jones said: "On behalf of Bumpstead First Responders, I would like to thank the Society for organising the event and to everyone who supported it.

"Although the initial training and most items of equipment are now provided by the East of England Ambulance Service to new groups, there are certain items of clothing and equipment Responder groups have to raise funds for."

Volunteers are trained in resuscitation techniques and the use of oxygen equipment, airways, suction, pulse oximetry and defibrillation. Once qualified, regular reassessment of skills takes place and training is always ongoing.

Carole added: "Our group has been running since December 2002, and currently has nine members. We‟re a close-knit team and although we come from different backgrounds, we have the common interest in helping the people we live or work close to in an emergency. "However, we are always on the lookout for new members.

Because we work on a rota basis and try to provide 24/7 cover, it‟s always helpful to have as many people as we can available, whether it‟s on a regular basis, or just for two or three hours a week." If you wish to be a volunteer, learn more about the group or make a donation, contact Carole on 01440 730712 or email

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