Community is coming first in Holme-on-Spalding Moor this month after Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) worked with local volunteers to launch a Community First Responder scheme in the village.
Community First Responders are volunteers living in local communities across the region who are trained in basic life support, cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and oxygen therapy.
These community-minded locals are equipped with a kit which includes oxygen and an automated external defibrillator (AED) to help patients in a medical emergency such as a heart attack, collapse or breathing difficulties until an ambulance arrives.
Local schoolgirls Emma Roberts and Lydia Adrian sparked interest in the village when they raised almost £1,300 to provide Holme-on-Spalding Moor with its own AED.
Inspired by the community spirit shown by the young baton-twirling fundraisers, villagers got in touch with YAS to look into setting up their own Community First Responder scheme and the Trust provided training and support to get the scheme off the ground.
Full story in next week’s (26 June) Pocklington Post.