Life-saving charity handed funds to keep vital work going - The Solihull Observer

Life-saving charity handed funds to keep vital work going

Solihull Editorial 22nd Jun, 2024   0

THERE WERE smiles all round when a Solihull School unveiled the final amount raised for a life-saving charity.

Eversfield Prep School reveled it has raised more than £11,500 for FastAid Solihull – the pupil’s choice of charity for the year.

Throughout the year-long project the school says a strong bond has developed between the pupils and the charity which recruits and equips Community First Responders (CFRs) throughout Solihull and Birmingham.

The CFRs are all volunteers, trained to nationally recognised standards and despatched to 999 emergency calls by the West Midlands Ambulance Service along with an ambulance as soon as one is available.

Being local they can be on the scene quickly to start lifesaving treatment, begin clinical care and provide reassurance before the ambulance arrives. Annually their volunteer CFRs attend over 2,000 999 calls and are first on scene in 90% of incidents.

Terry Flower, community responder at FastAid, said “I would like to extend a huge thank you and a big well done from everyone at FastAid to everyone in the Eversfield community for their support.

“Not only is the funding important to our work across the area, but that so many have worked so hard for us is truly inspirational.”

The funds raised could help run two cars in Solihull for 12 months, help maintain and renew lifesaving equipment, recruit more volunteers and raise awareness and support of the work of the charity within the borough.

Robert Yates, headmaster at Eversfield, said: “I am incredibly proud of how our whole community of pupils, parents and staff rose to the challenge and developed ingenious ways to raise funds. The charity is run entirely by volunteers and reliant on donations to help support their life-saving services in the local community.”


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