Builder's cash boost is perfect tonic for Solihull emergency team - The Solihull Observer

Builder's cash boost is perfect tonic for Solihull emergency team

Solihull Editorial 23rd Apr, 2021   0

THE UK’s only registered charity dedicated to funding vital lifesaving vehicles and equipment for Community First Responders (CFRs) has again received a £1,000 donation from a leading UK housebuilder.

Arrive Alive, which has strong links to Solihull, was awarded the donation by Persimmon Homes Central through its Community Champions initiative, a match funding scheme that each month hands out two awards to community good causes.

Debbie Roscoe, from Arrive Alive, said: “CFRs are medically trained volunteers who are regulated and dispatched to frontline, life threatening 999 calls by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

“Lifesaving equipment and vehicles are solely funded by public donations with no funding given by government, NHS, ambulance service or national lottery.

“Our vehicles and equipment have continued to be operational on the frontline responding to life threatening 999 calls throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“Yet our funding has been severely impacted by coronavirus due to the cancellation of fundraising events and bucket collections.

“We are grateful to Persimmon Homes for supporting us again this year, ensuring that we are able to continue to provide lifesaving vehicles. Every donation contributes towards saving a life.”

The charity funds lifesaving vehicles and equipment for Community First Responder (CFR) groups who attend life threatening medical emergencies.

CFRs are groups of unpaid individuals who attend 999 calls. CFRs receive lifesaving medical training from the ambulance service although equipment and vehicles are not funded by the government or ambulance service.

Sarah Preston, sales director for Persimmon Homes Central, said: “I am so pleased that we have again been able to support Arrive Alive, particularly when their fundraising has been hit by the pandemic.”

Arrive Alive is also Solihull Chamber of Commerce charity of the year. To donate please visit

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