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Bus Company donation will help fund new life saving equipment

01 Jun 2018


A group of Community First Responder volunteers have welcomed a donation from bus operator Stagecoach to help buy new life saving equipment.

The group of 30 volunteers work alongside South Central Ambulance Service, based in North Harbour, to provide medical cover in Portsmouth & surrounding area. 

Stagecoach support a variety of charities, organisations and events and are proud to support North Harbour Community First responders.

The North Harbour based Community First Responders are a team of volunteers who are trained and dispatched by the ambulance service to medical emergencies where life is at risk.

They provide basic life support care until the arrival of the ambulance. The team, who can attend medical emergencies within minutes, carry oxygen and a defibrillator as well as other medical equipment and pain relief, providing emergency care in the critical time before the ambulance arrives.

Jonathan Nel, Coordinator, North Harbour CFR said "We are grateful to Stagecoach for supporting North Harbour Community First Responders, and donating a cheque for £250. 
This money will help go towards buying new equipment to give out to our responders to help them potentially save lives in our local community.
Equipment like observation kits to help assess patients, extra defibrillator pads for patients that may be in cardiac arrest and more.”

Stagecoach is pleased that the money donated will be going towards a good cause in the community. As part of the business philosophy, Stagecoach support local people and communities by funding the vital work of local, national and international charities, including Cancer Research, Princes Trust and UK Armed Forces.

Stagecoach Operations Manager for Portsmouth, Colin Ashcroft, said "Every year Stagecoach connects with our local communities to raise money & support local charities. We are delighted to present a cash donation to support North Harbour Community First Responders, who do so much to help the local community".

Photo : (L-R) Stagecoach Operations Manager Colin Ashcroft and Community First Responder volunteers Bernie Cook and Carol Carter.