Hull City AFC’s first Community Heroes of the new season – the Keyingham Community First Responders - were among the supporters at the Tigers’ match against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday (August 18th).
The Responders were awarded the accolade of Community Heroes thanks to their efforts to help save lives. The trained volunteers respond to Category “A” life-threatening emergency calls within a three mile radius of Keyingham in the East Riding of Yorkshire where there is a population of 8000 residents. The Responders deal with medical emergencies including cardiac arrests, heart attacks, seizures and strokes, stabilising patients and increasing their chance of recovery.
The Keyingham Community First Respondents were nominated as Community Heroes by the former co-ordinator of the group, Barney Cornwell. The group attended the Tigers’ first home game of the season with tickets courtesy of the club’s East Stand sponsor Neil Hudgell Solicitors, specialists in claims for personal injury and medical negligence.
Barney said “It is a special treat for the group to be able to attend and enjoy the game outside of their busy working lives. Some group members also have full-time jobs so it is a luxury for them to have time to go to a football game.”
Not satisfied with serving their own community, they have raised funds to extend the project to neighbouring villages, and are passionate about developing things further. Community First Responders operate across Yorkshire and train their members in life-saving skills.
Most of the volunteers in the Keyingham Community First Responders work shifts on a rota alongside their full-time jobs, ensuring the service is covered 24hours a day, seven days a week. The Yorkshire Ambulance Service recently awarded the Keyingham First Responders the Best Performing Group in the Yorkshire area.
Duncan Kirk, the present Co-ordinator of the Keyingham Community First Respondents said: “The team is grateful to be given the Community Heroes award and to be acknowledged for the work that they do. They put in an enormous amount of effort every week, often working through the night. We were grateful to be presented with tickets to the Tigers’ first game of the season and enjoyed watching it together on Saturday.”
Neil Hudgell, Managing Director of Neil Hudgell Solicitors, said: “The Keyingham Community First Respondents deserve to be recognised for their admirable efforts to assist the Yorkshire Ambulance Service when responding to life-threatening callouts. We are proud to name them the first Community Heroes of the new season.”
A Community Hero is an individual nominated by their friends, colleagues or family for the good work and contribution they make to their local community.