Longtown lifesavers’ jubilee medal celebrations
Last updated at 14:45, Friday, 22 June 2012
When groups see one of their members recognised for their achievements, it’s always cause for celebration.
But in Longtown an organisation dedicated to helping the community has nine reasons to cheer.
That’s how many First Responders have been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
They have been honoured for their long service to the town.
Chairman Steve Whyberd, 58, said: “There are 10 of us but the medal was only awarded to people with five years or more service to the town.”
The medal recipients are delighted with the recognition they have received.
Their job is to provide immediate first aid to people suffering conditions such as heart attacks.
They are seen as especially important in rural areas where ambulances may take some time to arrive at the scene.
The care they provide can be crucial for survival.
They are trained in techniques such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Alongside this, each member has his own defibrillator, which costs between £400 and £600.
The group is completely self-financing and covering costs to provide equipment is extremely challenging.
“It takes a lot of fundraising,” said Steve.
Being a First Responder is also a heavy commitment. “We are on-call 24/7,” added Steve.
Volunteers go through intensive training in Preston over two weekends and are kept up to date with relevant developments in first aid.
They carry buzzers with them, and might have to attend an incident at any time.
Steve, who is a training manager for haulage firm William Armstrong, is grateful his employer is understanding on the subject.
However, he also pointed out that he is rarely away from his desk for any more than one hour.
Steve was one of the founder members of the group, which was set up back in 2004. Most of those honoured were founder members of the group.
But they are keen to add new people to their ranks and anyone interested in joining can contact Steve on 01228 791537.
The nine medal winners were: Carol Joyce, Carol Adams, Margaret McGuiness, Derek Murray, Joyce Underwood, Steve Whyberd, Sue Lawman, Paul Steele, Yvonne Mitchell.
First published at 14:08, Friday, 22 June 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk
More Grange news
- Puddles the Cumbria otter cub travels to specialist hospital in Scotland
- Good Samaritan tells of impact of Grange drunk’s attack
- South Lakes housing estate plan approved
- Store owner appeals to public after £25,000 jewellery heist
- Grange man accused of grooming girl for sex
- Loved ones remembered at Cumbria service
- New Grange estate proposal branded ‘vandalism of a public view’
- Cumbria sex offender pensioner due in court today charged with loitering near children's play area
- Cumbria fly-tipper admits dumping his old sofa
- High winds close outdoor exhibition in South Cumbria
- Cartmel Races - Betfair Barbecue Day 2014
- Cartmel Races - Totepool Cumbria Crystal Hurdle Day 2014
- Two race horses perish at Cartmel races in South Cumbria (16 comments)
- Consultation begins on £1.4m South Cumbria homes proposal (1 comment)
- Cartmel Vintage Race Night
- Barrow bakery has recipe for success
- Car stolen in South Cumbria
- Barrow and Grange venues for summer street gallery exhibition
- Cumbria chef Simon Rogan wins another accolade
- Concerns over application for 68 new homes in Cumbria town
- Grange care home residents given month to leave (2 comments)
- Police appeal after Cumbria collision between car and pedestrian
- Work on multi-million housing development in South Cumbria under way
- Cumbria women invited to Dalton, Grange and Ambleside events to "change their lives"
- Look for elusive bird in Cumbria
Evening Mail homepage
ENERGY FOR LIFE 5.1k WALNEY FAMILY FUN RUN
Did you enjoy the Energy For Life 5.1k Walney Family Fun Run?
• Click here to pledge to take part in next year's event on September 2, 2012
Choosing a pre-school
Luscombe Plant Hire
Great Daffodil appeal 2015