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Busiest ever year for first aiders from Newark Community First Aid ­— more than 2,200 people received treatment

Volunteers working for Newark Community First Aid gave a total to 22,473 hours during the year, the organisation’s annual meeting was told.

During the year, 2,257 people received training in the community and 562 were trained in schools.

Courses were held in Newark and 28 surrounding villages.

Volunteers from Newark Community First Aid on duty at Newark Garden Show. (20827095)
Volunteers from Newark Community First Aid on duty at Newark Garden Show. (20827095)

The meeting was told that the year ending June 2019 had been the busiest to date for the charity in terms of training provision and providing cover.

Volunteers were thanked by the trustees for their outstanding commitment.

The charity provided first aid cover to 362 events, ranging from small village fetes lasting a few hours to five-day rock concerts requiring 24-hour cover.

More than 500 patients were treated for a range of conditions, from minor to life-threatening.

Mr Philip Jessop, operations manager, said the charity was having to turn down events on peak dates so they could be sure correct cover could be provided.

He said more volunteers were needed, and that recruitment and training of new volunteers would be a key aim during the remainder of this year and throughout 2020.

During the year the charity’s volunteers had enhanced their training with specialist courses in trauma management and mental health first aid.

The charity has been raising money for a new mobile first aid unit costing £60,000.

The meeting was told the money had now been raised and delivery was expected before Christmas.

In addition, other first aid equipment has been bought, including water rescue equipment, life jackets and monitoring equipment plus additional uniform for members.

The meeting, chaired by Mrs Maureen Dobson, opened with a minute’s silence in memory of founding trustee Mr Alan Bush.


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