Desperate plea for lifesaving volunteers

LIVES volunteers needed
LIVES volunteers needed

A lifesaving group has made a desperate plea for more volunteers to stop people dying unnecessarily in our rural villages.

LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service) says there is a serious lack of first responders in Linwood, Faldingworth, Spridlington, Glentham, Hemswell, Toft Next Newton, Newton By Toft and Newtoft.

The group - which responds to 20,000 emergencies across the county every year - is urging people to go along to a family fun day at Willows Garden Centre, Glentham on Sunday, August 25, where they can find out how to help.

LIVES marketing and fundraising officer Steve Hyde has expressed his deep concern.

He said: “The bottom line is if someone has a serious life-threatening problem and needs to dial 999, because we’re a massive county and some of the places are in the middle of no-where, an ambulance can’t always get there in time.

“If you stop breathing you have eight minutes.

“If you’re in serious trouble, someone needs to intervene.

“That’s what responders need to do.

“Responders make a huge difference, you have a 40 per cent get a chance of surviving if a responder gets there.

“If the person’s having a severe asthma attack, eight minutes is a long, long time.

“The fact we don’t have the level we need feels bad.

“The more responders we have the more chance people have of surviving.”

Steve said LIVES, which is a registered charity, currently has about 640 first responders but it desperately needs more than 1,000.

He said problems arise when there are not enough first responders to cover villages at all times.

This means some villages will have a responder only some of the time.

Steve said: “We want to take this opportunity to recruit people.”

The family fun day - which will be raising vital funds for LIVES - will have live music, a Tom Woods beer tent, hog roast, barbecue, steel band, a bouncy castle, Peppa Pig, fairground rides and much more.

LIVES first responders will be on hand giving demonstrations on CPR.

They will explain to visitors how first responders save lives in the community and what it is like to be a first responder.

If you would like more information about the family fun day or becoming a first responder, call LIVES on 01507 525999.

Ask to speak to either Steve Hyde or Allie Coles.