Stanford, Corringham and Tilbury Community First Responder Group recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services

East of England Ambulance

STANFORD, Corringham and Tilbury Community First Responder Group has been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services for 2018.

The announcement comes as the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust celebrates National Volunteer Week (June 1-7th), highlighting the vital role community first responders and other volunteers play.

During the last year the group provided 3,233 voluntary hours and attended 560 emergency calls. In addition to these hours, the group has also dedicated many voluntary hours teaching lifesaving skills to the community on behalf of the Trust and the British Heart Foundation.

This prestigious honour is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK, and represents recognition of the hard work, support and hours of dedication the group have given to their community in helping save lives.

Susan Wilsdon, Group Co-ordinator for the Stanford, Corringham and Tilbury Community First Responders Group, said: “The Stanford, Corringham and Tilbury Community First Responder Group is extremely proud to have been given such a prestigious award. Hopefully, receiving this award will inspire other members of our community to become Community First Responders or get involved in voluntary work.”

Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Lord Lieutenant of Essex, added: “The Stanford, Corringham and Tilbury Community First Responders Group has been in existence for 10 years. They are inspirational, passionate and enthusiastic about their work and there is a strong togetherness in the team. The assessors felt this was an outstanding Group providing an outstanding service to the community. I am delighted to see such an outstanding Group, who are providing such a critical public service, receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.”

Community First Responders can operate a 24 hour, seven days a week, volunteer rota to respond to life-threatening medical emergencies across the East of England. Click here to find out more: https://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/join-the-team/community-first-responders

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