Lincolnshire Co-op members have been doing their bit to help volunteer lifesavers just by doing their weekly shop.
Over the last six weeks, £17,856 has been raised for Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Services (LIVES), which to celebrate its 45th year, was nominated as the store group’s Community Champion in outlets across the county.
Now shoppers are being encouraged to help boost the total raised over the remaining six weeks, by using their dividend card in any Lincolnshire Co-op outlet where points are issued, which will mean a donation from the Community Champions pot will go to LIVES or their equivalent local First Responder group.
The Community Champions scheme sees every one of the Society’s 231,000 members linked to a good cause close to where they live.
And members can see which group they are supporting as their Community Champion on the bottom of their till receipt or on displays in store.
The £17,856 which has been raised so far will go towards training and buying vital medical equipment such as defibrillators and specialist kit for the LIVES Medics.
“The support Lincolnshire Co-op is giving us as Community Champions is invaluable, not just for the fundraising but also the awareness it is giving people as to how important their local community first responders and medics are,” said LIVES Fundraising Manager Stephen Hyde.
“In a large county such as Lincolnshire, arriving in the first few minutes of a serious 999 medical emergency can make all the difference. So we ask the people of Lincolnshire to continue their support by shopping in their local Lincolnshire Co-op.”
LIVES Medics and First Responders are all volunteers who give up their time to respond to emergencies in their communities.
When people dial 999, not only will an ambulance be mobilised, the LIVES Medic or Responder on call in the area will also receive notification that help is needed.
First Responders are trained and equipped to provide care before an ambulance arrives for everything from cardiac arrest and breathing difficulties to collapsing and fits.
LIVES Medics have advanced skills for dealing with serious trauma, associated with road traffic collisions and industrial/farm accidents.
Anyone over 18 with a car who is able to lift 20kg can become a first responder and be taught to deliver CPR.
LIVES is also keen for registered health care professionals to volunteer their time as medics.
Find out more at www.lives.org.uk .