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North West Ambulance Service CFR's outside Sainsbury's Clitheroe. (s)
North West Ambulance Service CFR's outside Sainsbury's Clitheroe. (s)

The North West Ambulance Service Ribble Valley Community Resuscitation Team have recently been awarded Sainsbury’s ‘Charity of the Year’.

Ribble Valley’s Community First Responders (CFR’s) are unpaid volunteers, trained by NWAS to respond to potentially life-threatening calls in the local community. Trained and equipped to administer basic life support, defibrillation and oxygen, the team has this year trained over 700 people in basic life support across the Ribble Valley and helped organisations to install 24-hour public access defibrillators in case of an emergency.

Community Resuscitation Manager Mark Evans said: “I’m delighted that the Ribble Valley CFR’s have been awarded charity of the year. The team is a great asset to the North West Ambulance Service and I am thrilled that they have been recognised for their hard work, which is all done on a voluntary basis.”

Dave Binns, deputy store manager at Sainsbury’s Clitheroe said: “Choosing NWAS First Responders as our charity of the year enables us to raise money for a fantastic charity at the heart of the community. Our aim is to raise as much money as possible through bag-packing, colleague raffles, and sponsored events in store, to put towards essential life-saving equipment for the local area.”

For information on becoming a Ribble Valley CFR, or to express interest in attending a Headstart course, email ribblevalleyheadstart@gmail.com. For further information, visit: www.nwas.nhs.uk/getting-involved/become-a-volunteer/community-first-responder-schemes