Woking Bikeathon

On Sunday 12th May a team of Woking First Responders completed the Woking Bikeathon.

As one of the five main charities being supported by the Bikeathon, the team wanted to ensure they had a group of cyclists involved on the day to show support of the event.

Team Leader Simon Ramm says:

“The Rotary Club of Woking have supported our team from the very beginning and continue to be a key partner of ours into our fifth year in operation. On behalf of the whole team I’d like to say a big thank you to Terry Smith and everyone at the Club for their ongoing support”.

Nearly £500 of sponsorship money was raised to contribute to the Rotary Club’s benevolent fund.

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Woking CFR Team participate in joint training exercise

Realistic training scenarios are a key part of the team’s effort to ensure all First Responders are equipped to deal with any incident they may be required to attend. The scenario, which took place at the National Shooting Centre in Bisley, involved a casualty extraction exercise for Southern Fire & Rescue followed by appropriate medical treatment.

The team would like to thank Southern Fire & Rescue, the LAS and the staff at the MacDonald Stewart Canadian Pavillion.

Joint Training exercise - WCFR & Southern Fire & Rescue

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Woking team host free Cardiac Screening Event

Cardiac Screening at Salesian School in Chertsey

The team involved with Cardiac Screening at Salesian School in Chertsey

CRY LogoOver the weekend of 27-28th April the team held a free cardiac (heart) screening event for young people between the ages of 14-35. The event took place at Salesian School in Chertsey and was attended by students of local schools and sports clubs.

Team leader Simon Ramm says:

“It is a sad fact that every week in the UK, 12 young people lose their lives as a result of sudden cardiac death. Often there are no symptoms and yet there is a simple way to diagnose most cardiac abnormalities – by having an ECG test”

In conjunction with the highly renowned national charity ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young’ (who screened the UK’s national Olympics team), over 200 young people received an ECG (Electrocardiogram) test to check for any cardiac abnormalities. Where relevant, an Echocardiogram (Ultrasound) test was also performed to provide further analysis of the heart. The £7,000 cost of the event was covered by the Woking team via a funding grant that was awarded as a result of their involvement and support in a screening research project.

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Student being cardiac screened

During the screening event, 4 young people were identified as having a cardiac abnormality which required a referral for further testing.

First Responder Glyn Willoughby says:

“We’d like to pass on our thanks to everyone involved in making this event possible; Especially Peter O’Brien from Salesian School who very quickly became an instrumental member of the organising committee”.



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ASDA in Woking donate £100

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Our local ASDA store, based in the Lion Retail Park in Woking, kindly donated £100 to the team for winning its Community Token Scheme event.

First Responder Sue Shaw says:

“We would like to pass on our thanks to Rob Jackman and his colleagues at ASDA and of course to all the customers who selected our team with their green tokens”


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.”

Free Defibrillator and training presented to Fullbrook school

Fullbrook AED Training Manual

The Woking team presented a free AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to Fullbrook school in New Haw. Full training was again provided enabling staff to physically use the equipment in order to underline its simplicity of use.

Fullbrook spokesperson Susan Mannveille says:

”We are delighted with the donation of a defibrillator and after the training session everyone feels confident about using the equipment if necessary”

With the addition of Fullbrook school, the level of defibrillator cover in the local area has risen to over 6,000 children and staff.

First Responder Glyn Willoughby says:

“We continue to be extremely impressed with the dedication of Surrey school staff. The high level of motivation and existing first aid ability is very encouraging”