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February 2013

ASDA in Woking donate £100

ASDA in woking donates to WCFR

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”

January 2013

Free Defibrillators and training presented to final 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.

December 2012

Surrey Golfbags Charity Golf Society donate £4,100 to local First Responder teams

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.”

November 2012

Woking team attends incident number 1,400!

The Woking team attended its 1,400th emergency call this month. The call was to an elderly female patient who had fallen and injured her hip.
Falls are a very frequent type of 999 call - accounting for about 25% of all the team’s incidents.

October 2012

a free defibrillator was presented to Jubilee High school in Addlestone

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 Jubilee 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.”

September 2012

Salesian school presented with AED

Free Defibrillator and training presented to Salesian school

The Chertsey Rotary Club raised £1,000 towards the cost of providing a free AED (Automated External Defibrillator) for Salesian school in Chertsey.

Salesian spokesperson Peter O'Brian says: "The training was delivered in a highly professional manner, it catered very well for the needs of our team and all questions were answered clearly and thoroughly. We hope that we will never have to use the defibrillator but we are confident that we are well prepared should we ever need to".

With the addition of Salesian school, the level of defibrillator cover in the local area has risen to over 7,500 children and staff.

First Responder Simon Ramm says:

“We have spoken before about the great work the Chertsey Rotary Club does in the local community and this is another example of their positive influence”

September 2012

Msizi Africa

Woking team supports the charity Msizi Africa

Msizi provides food and shelter to children in Africa. Whether the children are in an orphanage or on the street they ensure they receive nutritious meals every day and live in safe, clean and comfortable surroundings.

The Woking team financed a first aid qualification and provided more detailed paediatric emergency life support training. Visit www.msiziafrica.org.uk

First Responder Simon Ramm says:

“Msizi Africa is an amazing charity and I would encourage people to visit their website to find out more. We hope that we have been able to provide them with some essential skills and information to be shared more broadly within the organisation”

August 2012

Fullbrook school AED traning manual

Free Defibrillator and training presented to Fullbrook school

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”

July 2012

Bishop David Brown school in Sheerwater and the St John the Baptist school in Woking with their AEDs

Free Defibrillators and training presented to two local schools

The Woking team presented free AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) to both the Bishop David Brown school in Sheerwater and the St John the Baptist school in Woking. 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).

SJB spokesperson Marion Harding says: "Thank you again for coming in and giving us an excellent Defibrillator Training Session. Our machine is now mounted on the wall in case of an emergency"

With the addition of these schools, the level of defibrillator cover in the local area has risen to over 4,500 children and staff.

Trainer Sue McKeown says:

“It has been fantastic to witness how enthusiastic the schools are about the scheme and it demonstrates their commitment to providing the safest environment possible for their pupils and staff”

July 2012

Sainsburys supports ‘Defibrillators for Schools’ scheme

Sainsburys in Knaphill donate £1,000 towards the ‘Defibrillators for Schools’ scheme

Staff at the store presented a cheque for £1,000 to the team to go alongside the £1,164 previously raised by staff and customers throughout the year.

First Responder Tim Harwood says:

“Thanks to the support we have received from Sainsburys we are able to provide another school in the local area with a free defibrillator. This brings us one step closer to our goal of reaching over 10,000 school children by the end of the year. On behalf of our team I would like to pass on our sincere thanks to everyone at Sainsburys”

 

 

June 2012

Erica Agombar

New First Responder goes live in Bisley

Erica Agombar has qualified to solo respond in Bisley, an area highlighted by the team as a recruitment target. She is also a qualified First Aider at work and has had many years of first aid experience.

Erica says:

“Having experienced family illness first hand, I wanted to become a First Responder to give something back to the local community”

 

May 2012

Rotary club of Chertsey logo

Rotary club of Chertsey donate £1,000 towards the ‘Defibrillators for Schools’ scheme

The Rotary club of Chertsey has recently been a strong supporter of the team having named it as one of its chosen charities for the year. Leveraging their strong links in the community the club kindly facilitated a meeting at Salesian school to discuss the provision of a free Defibrillator.

Team Leader Simon Ramm says:

“The Rotary club of Chertsey has a long track record of providing community and financial support in the local area. Their donation will fund a Defibrillator for Salesian school which is another demonstration of the legacy projects the club supports. We would like to pass on our thanks to everyone at the club for their hospitality and enthusiasm towards our schools campaign”

April 2012

Rotary Swimathon Presentation

The Rotary Club of Woking donates £800

The club’s popular swimathon raised a huge amount of money for nine local charities, including the Woking First Responder team.

First Responder Sue Shaw says:

“The Rotary Club of Woking continues to support our team, having previously donated a large sum of money to allow us to train and equip an additional First Responder. As well as funding, the Club also provides support by way of advice and networking. Once again we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved with the Club and at Trident Honda.”

March 2012

Surrey Peer Education

Woking team provides free First Aid training for members of SPED

Surrey Peer Education Project (SPED) is an excellent community project set up to benefit children and young adults by providing them with key life skills. This includes things like cooking, finances, time management, revision, stress management etc. Members of the Woking team ran an ELS (Emergency Life Support) training session to cover topics such as bleeding, burns, choking and CPR. Further information about SPED can be found at www.sped04.co.uk

Team leader Simon Ramm says:

“We were very impressed with the attitude and enthusiasm shown by the members of SPED. An intelligent group who demonstrated that they had fully absorbed the training by giving excellent CPR demonstrations. It was a pleasure to meet them all and our thanks go to Rhi and Tim for introducing us; we wish them all the best for the future.”

February 2012

dislocation of the fibular head

Woking team attends incident number 1000!

The Woking team attended its 1000th emergency call this month. A patient with a dislocation of the fibular head (lower leg bone), a quite uncommon injury with which to pass the 1000 mark.

First Responder Graham Loughman says:

“It’s great that the team have passed this milestone. With 4 new applicants currently in training we hope we can further increase our coverage in 2012.”


January 2012

The Soroptimist International of Woking & District club

The Soroptimist International of Woking & District club donate £310

Soroptimist International is a global network of women in management, business and the professions. It has become a strong voice for women promoting awareness, advocacy and action and has a history of fund raising and community project work. Following on from a talk given in 2011, the club organised demonstrations of creating innovative, imaginative and inexpensive Christmas decorations to raise funds for the team.

Team leader Simon Ramm says:

“It was great to get the opportunity to meet such an enthusiastic and motivated group and we are delighted to have subsequently received this generous donation. Our thanks go to Elaine Evans and everyone at SIWD”

December 2011

St. Dunstans Catholic church, Woking

St Dunstan’s Catholic Church donates £500

The local church ran a very successful Parish Christmas Fair, selling gifts, cakes, bottles and raffle tickets. A large sum of money was raised to help support charity work and the Woking team benefited from a generous donation of £500. More information about St Dunstan’s can be found at: www.st-dunstans.org

Team leader Simon Ramm says:

““We would like to pass on our thanks to the Rev Canon Francis Harrington and everyone associated with the church for their fundraising efforts and for thinking of our team. Winter is a busy time of year for us and so we will ensure that the money donated will be put to immediate good use in the local community”

November 2011

Sheerwater Scout Group

Woking team train local scouts in emergency first aid

Over two evenings in November, members of the team visited the Sheerwater Scout Group to help train the Scouts in emergency first aid and assist them in achieving their relevant badges. The content included what to do in an emergency, the recovery position, CPR, wound management and dealing with various other emergencies.

First Responder Sue Shaw says:

“It was great to meet such an enthusiastic group of young people and we were all impressed by how well they responded to the training. We hope that if a first aid situation now arises, they will be better prepared to deal with it.”

October 2011

West Byfleet Golf Club

West Byfleet Golf Club donates £250

The Woking team received a generous donation of £250 from the club which will be used to help purchase additional medical equipment from the team.

The golf club has a strong tradition of raising money for charitable causes and plays an important role in the local community. More details about the club can be found by visiting: www.wbgc.co.uk

Team leader Simon Ramm says:

“We would like to pass on our thanks to General Manager Ian Attoe, Deputy Secretary Margaret Lambert and everyone else at the club for their kind donation. We could not operate without the generosity of local people and so once again, thank you to West Byfleet Golf Club!”

September 2011

Sainsburys fundraising

Woking team raise £703 at Sainsburys Knaphill fundraising event

On Saturday 10th the team spent the day at Sainsburys in Knaphill (Brookwood) to raise awareness of the scheme and accept donations towards the purchase of new equipment.

Thanks to the generosity of Sainsburys customers and staff the team raised over £700 and spoke to hundreds of people about the scheme in general.

First Responder Tim Harwood says:

“Sainsburys in Brookwood have always had a strong link with the local community – the staff and customers having helped to raise thousands of pounds for local charities over the years. We are extremely grateful for the generous donations we received on Saturday which we will use to purchase additional medical equipment for the team. Thank you!”

July 2011

Sainsburys sponsorship

Sainsburys in Knaphill to support the team

The large Sainsburys store in Knaphill (Brookwood) has selected the Woking CFR Team as their nominated charity for the year.

First Responder Tim Harwood says:

“We were thrilled to get the news that Sainsburys will support our scheme which will enable us to further develop our community building plans. Our thanks go to store manager Peter Smith and his team who share our vision for providing free first aid training to local children”