Village first responders in plea for more volunteers

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An urgent appeal for extra volunteers has been issued in order to save a village group which strives to help those needing emergency care.

Glemsford First Responders, which was founded in 2002, provides medical treatment to people in Glemsford, Cavendish and Stansted.

But dwindling numbers has led to concerns that the group may cease running.

“We rely on people giving up a few hours of their time to ensure 24/7 cover can be provided to give the best chance of survival to the residents of the local villages, our friends and families,” said Christine Game, from Kings Hill, who has been in the group for 10 years.

“Over the last couple of years, the number of responders in the group has decreased to a point where we are in urgent need of new volunteers to keep the group running.”

At present, the group has eight members and works alongside the East of England Ambulance Trust.

Volunteers are notified of a 999 call and will often be the first emergency service on the scene.

Mrs Game said volunteers were required to complete a first aid training course and could help save lives.

“It is a great way to learn first aid, which could be extremely beneficial to your family and neighbours,” said the 40-year-old.

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