Woking team host second visit from Belarusian children

The Woking branch of the charity ‘Friends of Chernobyl’s Children’ aims to relieve the suffering of the children of Belarus who are still affected by the fallout from the radiation following the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl in 1986. These children are now second generation but are still affected – with many living impoverished lives.

The charity brings groups of children over to the UK for one month every year where they are hosted by local Woking families who provide them with board and lodging as well as general love and care. They have access to doctors and dentists, attend local schools and participate in fun days out and activities.

In June, the children visited members of the Woking CFR team at the MacDonald Stewart Canadian Pavilion in Bisley, where they enjoyed a visit from an ambulance and soldiers from the Canadian Army. The Woking CFR team would like to thank everyone at the MacDonald Stewart Canadian Pavilion for hosting the event (and for again making lovely cakes!) and Surrey Ambulance Service for entertaining the children so well.

FOCC 2014 Visit

For more information about FOCC, please visit: http://www.woking-focc.org.uk/

Woking team trains local Scouts

Members of the Woking CFR team visited the Sheerwater Scout group in March to run First Aid training sessions, enabling the Scouts to achieve their L2 and L3 First Aid badges.

A visit to the local Ambulance Station in Ottershaw followed, where some of the Scouts received a tour of the facilities and the equipment used today in a modern ambulance. Our thanks go to Make Ready Manager Helen Wallbank for organising the visit and for leading the tour!  Scouts Training 01

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Team supports Chernobyl’s Children visit

The Woking branch of the charity ‘Friends of Chernobyl’s Children’ aims to relieve the suffering of the children of Belarus who are still affected by the fallout from the radiation following the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl in 1986. These children are now second generation but are still affected – with many living impoverished lives.FOCC Photo A

The charity brings groups of children over to the UK for one month every year where they are hosted by local Woking families who provide them with board and lodging as well as general love and care. They have access to doctors and dentists, attend local schools and participate in fun days out and activities.

On the 14th October the children visited members of the team at the MacDonald Stewart Canadian Pavilion in Bisley where they enjoyed a visit from a Fire Engine.FOCC Photo B

The Woking CFR team also provided funding for a year’s supply of multivitamins for all the children, many of whom suffer with vitamin deficiencies.

Sue McKeown from Friends of Chernobyl’s Children said:

“The children arrived looking grey and generally very run down (faces, hair, nails and personalities).   Over the course of the month they were here all of us noticed a huge change in both physical as well as mental aspects of every child.  They became more energetic, they turned a normal colour, they smiled, they became normal 8 year old kids.  Obviously a number of factors lead to this dramatic change but I am confident that the vitamins you provided played a vital role in what we all observed.

What is so nice about your donation is that it will continue to work for the whole of the time they are back home too, as each child was duly packed off home with a year’s supply.  I wanted to thank you from all of us for your wonderful support, both in providing the vitamins and the medical bag for the trips out, as well as for making other connections to give the children such a special day to remember with the fire engine experience”

The Woking CFR team would like to thank everyone at the MacDonald Stewart Canadian Pavilion for hosting the event (and for making lovely cakes!), Southern Fire & Rescue and Kerry J photography for capturing the children’s smiles on film

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Woking Rotary Club donate £4,000

After the success of this year’s Woking Bikeathon, the Woking Rotary Club donated £4,000 to the Woking CFR team – a huge donation that will support the team’s ongoing community projects.

First Responder Sue Shaw says:

“We would like to say a massive thank you to the Woking Rotary Club for this very generous donation. In fact the thanks also extends to everyone who took part in the 2013 Woking Bikeathon and helped to make it such a successful and enjoyable event. The donation will enable us to expand our Defibrillators for Schools programme and to continue our current recruitment drive”

Woking Bikeathon Donation

Terry Smith from the Woking Rotary Club (centre) with First Responders Glyn Willoughby and Sue Shaw

Heathrow Community Fund donates £250

The Heathrow Community Fund, run under the guidance of The Communities Trust, makes donations to local community projects.

The Fund also supports volunteering and fundraising by airport staff and in this case donated £250 thanks to the efforts of Mark Rothwell.

First Responder Mark Rothwell says:

“We would like to pass on our thanks to Caroline Nicholls and everyone at the Communities Trust for the generous donation of £250″

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Free Defibrillators and training presented to another two local schools

The Woking team presented free AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) to Heathside and Rydens Enterprise Schools. Staff members attended a training session to ensure that they were familiar with the new equipment and proficient in its use alongside good quality CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).

Both defibrillators were fully funded by local company Procter & Gamble (based in Weybridge) who have a strong track record of supporting local community projects.

Surrey Golfbags Charity Golf Society donates £4,100

The charity society, compromising more than 60 women from local golf clubs, raised the money during events that ran across 2012. The funding will be used by both the Woking and Guildford First Responder teams to maintain recruitment, training and acquisition of medical equipment.

Team leader Simon Ramm says:

“This very impressive donation means a great start to 2013 for the teams and ensures that we are able to better compliment the Ambulance Service in our local communities. We would like to pass on our sincere thanks to everyone involved in the fundraising effort.”

Free Defibrillator and training presented to Jubilee High school

Maintaining the momentum of the team’s efforts to reach 10,000 children by the end of 2012, a free defibrillator was presented to JJubilee High School Defibrillatorubilee High school in Addlestone this month.

With the addition of Jubilee High school, the level of defibrillator cover in the local area has risen to over 8,300 children and staff.

First Responder Sue Shaw says:

 

“Whilst the Jubilee High presentation does mean yet another Defibrillator for Schools news story on our website, we hope it helps to underline our commitment to support the local community.”