Eccleshall CFRs were double recipients at this year’s “Excellence in the Community Awards”.
The ceremony, organised by West Midlands Ambulance Service took place last week in Brierly Hill.
Responder and Group Co-ordinator Martin Watson received a “Chief Officer Commendation” which was presented in recognition of his part in successfully resuscitating a patient in December last year. The patient had suffered a cardiac arrest whilst outside but after a period of CPR and the use of an on-site defibrillator was successfully resuscitated and has since gone on to make a full recovery.
The second award was the WMAS Chairman’s Award and was presented by Sir Graham Meldrum to the whole group. The presentation was made in recognition of the scheme’s efforts, dedication and enthusiasm whilst engaging with the community the scheme serves. In 2017 the scheme received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service and that achievement was also recognised in this year’s Chairman’s award
Martin Watson said this was a great night for Eccleshall First Responders and it is nice to receive recognition for the hours that the members of the team dedicate to the people of Eccleshall and surrounding villages. It is a fantastic achievement for the whole team including fundraisers and supporters.
Bubbles and nibbles heralded the launch of a new community event for Eccleshall residents and businesspeople.
The Eccleshall Network’s first gathering was held at The Artisan this month.
The group, known as Ten, aims each meeting to support and connect the community, inform people about a key topic and encourage charitable donation to one of the town’s good causes.
The inaugural event saw Robert Fearnley from local solicitors Bowcock and Pursaill explain about the importance of Lasting Powers and Attorney. Then it was the turn of Dudley Freshwater from Eccleshall First Responders to talk about the vital work carried out by the volunteers.
Jay Eames gave people an opportunity to ask questions about the realities of being a Responder, giving a unique insight into life in uniform and incidents he’s attended.
The event was organised by Tim Hulse of Eccleshall-based Accountancy and Business Advisory firm Piper Hulse and Tim took the opportunity to bring the event full circle by presenting the First Responders with a cheque for £180, generated by sales of tickets to the gathering. Ten’s ongoing philosophy will be to use an hour per month to unite local people and profits from the £10 entry fee will support yet more local good causes.
Tim said: “I’m really pleased to see such a fantastic turnout from our local community and want to build on the success of the first Ten event by encouraging yet more Ecclians to come along to our monthly get-togethers.
“I believe it’s important to support home-grown organisations, to develop that sense of belonging and to nurture the great things that come from a better-connected society. Presenting the First Responders with £180 is the icing on the cake.
Eccleshall Community First Responders have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
This award is the equivalent of the MBE for voluntary groups and has been awarded for their work in “Providing emergency medical aid, training and lifesaving equipment to those living and working in the local community”
Thanks to all those that have supported us in any way in the past and currently. Watch out for the award presentation which will be made by the Lord Lieutenant who is the Queen’s representative in Staffordshire, later in the year. Date and venue to be arranged but all are welcome to attend.
The winners are announced in the London Gazette
Local retained firefighter James Ainsworth has announced that he will run his first marathon in 2017. Whats more he has set himself the target of completing the course in under 3 hours.
He will be running in the local Flying Fox marathon which is at the end of May. He has kindly offered to use the run as an opportunity to raise funds for the Eccleshall First Responders.
Please help James and the First Responders by visiting James’ Just Giving page on the link below and making a pledge to help him achieve his target! You can donate using the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/james-ainsworth
If you are in any doubt, James is the fit looking one on the right!!
After several months of training culminating in a stressful day of exams and practical assessments we now have some newly qualified First Responders on the team.
The new guys now only have to complete 2 observation sessions with West Midlands Ambulance Service and hopefully you will see them on the road around Eccleshall soon in the new year.
Well done and welcome to them all. Photos and more information will be coming soon.
If you see us down the high street please come across and say hello.
Our new baby has finally arrived and is ready for service! We shall be introducing her to the people of Eccleshall tomorrow morning in the High Street. Please come and say hello any time you see us around. After all it’s your money that has bought it for us! Thank you