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Local Community Benefit from Cumbria Health on Call’s Social Enterprise Fund

Suzy Fitton, Operations Lead CHoC, presenting cheque to Lynn Iredale, Glenridding Health Centre Practice Manager, with first responders Kirsty Wright and Paul Neate.

[G]lenridding First Responders have received a donation from the Social Enterprise fund at Cumbria Health on Call (CHoC) to purchase a new projector to improve the training facilities for the group.

The Glenridding First Responders are local volunteers who have been trained by the North West Ambulance Service to attend certain emergency 999 calls. First Responders can provide emergency first aid until an ambulance arrives, a crucial service in rural locations where ambulance response times may be longer. First Responders can be called out at the same time as the ambulance so can be on scene within minutes ready to provide emergency first aid until the ambulance and paramedic team arrive.

First Responders from Glenridding, Keswick and Matterdale having joint training in the Glenridding Public Hall. Training led by Paul Neate team leader and Senior Paramedic Malcolm Wigham from the North West Ambulance Service.

CHoC is a Social Enterprise and is dedicated to working to help communities. The Social Enterprise Awards Fund was therefore set up to support CHoC staff who wanted to be involved in local charity events for local causes. It was decided that it may also support staff who wish to be involved in charity projects overseas that added value to communities.

The aim was to provide a positive staff experience for those who wished to undertake a challenge to benefit others or be involved in important local community events. The new projector has proven to be a real asset in providing extended learning to a wider audience, assisting the First Responders in delivering vital training to maintain their important skill set and ensure the continuation of this important local service.

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