A young woman who dedicates her spare time to helping save people’s lives is urging others to consider doing the same.
Claire Taylor, 24, from Haddenham, is the newest and youngest volunteer to join the Haddenham, Wilburton and Aldreth Community First Responder (CFR) group.
First responders are volunteers who are trained to respond to emergency calls through the 999 system in conjunction with the ambulance service.
Claire, who works full-time for the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, the fundraising team dedicated to raising money for Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals, said: “The whole thing has been a real test on myself, but I have had so much enjoyment from learning the new skills and have made a lot of new friends on the way. I feel so proud to wear my new CFR badge.
“When I passed my training assessment, it felt amazing knowing I could help people in need within the community.
“It feels good to be able to help the people who need medical attention and also be able to support the relatives who may be at the scene during this stressful time.
“After a call it can feel really rewarding to know that you have helped someone, and maybe even saved a life, and I encourage anyone who wants to help the community in their spare time to get involved.”
The Haddenham, Wilburton and Aldreth CFR group has also just been able to buy a new second lifesaving kit thanks to money donated by the Wilburton Beer Festival Committee.
First responders provide immediate care to patients in their local areas where distance may delay the prompt arrival of an ambulance. They are trained to deliver basic life support and defibrillation to patients in cardiac arrest and appropriate calls, including oxygen administration to patients suffering from a range of conditions.
The responders are contacted by ambulance control and asked to attend emergencies in their area. The type of emergencies include unconsciousness, chest pain, stroke or breathing difficulties and can be in the home, in the street or in the work place.
An emergency ambulance is always dispatched to any incident attended by a first responder.
If you are interested in becoming a first responder, call Katy Fox on (01353) 741409.