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Newark Community First Aid are in need of more volunteers

The new mobile first aid unit/ambulance bought by Newark Community First Aid is expected to be used for the first time this month.

It was bought after a year of fundraising by the charity, which provides first-aid cover at events across the district.

Fundraising manager Laurence Goff said: “We are very grateful to the people of Newark and visitors to the town that have supported our Christmas raffle, collections in local supermarkets, fundraising events, and those that have made individual generous donations.

NCFA Volunteer First Aiders watching over the European Juggling Conventions Big Day Out (25484741)
NCFA Volunteer First Aiders watching over the European Juggling Conventions Big Day Out (25484741)

“We must thank the National Lottery community fund and those that play the lottery, also the Thomas Farr Charity and the J. N. Derbyshire Trust, which all made substantial donations to our appeal.”

The charity had its busiest-ever year since its launch in 2013 with increases in demand for its training and event services.

Philip Jessop, the charity’s operations manager, said: “We have trained just over 2,500 people on our free community first aid courses, including 712 children in local schools, which means so many more people are now in a position to give life-saving first aid.

“Our workplace training, for which we do charge a fee, has seen a 68% increase in the number of candidates trained, and we would like to thank businesses, schools and childcare organistations for using our services.

“All the profits made are ploughed back into our free services. 2019 also proved our busiest year in respect of providing first aid cover at events with 378 events covered compared to 366 in 2018.

“Our largest event to date was the European Juggling Convention, held at Newark Showground in August, which saw our volunteers provide 24-hour cover for 12 days for thousands of visitors from across Europe.

“Due to an increase in large events we have seen a 60% increase in the number of patients we have treated.

“All of our services including background services are all provided by volunteers and I would like to thank them for their hard work.”

This year, the recruitment of more volunteers is the key aim of the charity.

With increasing demand for its services, many more volunteers are needed, both as first aiders and in support roles.

Dr Margaret McDougald, Newark Community First Aid trustee, said: “Volunteering is great, whether you are a young person considering a career in healthcare, someone looking for a new challenge in life or reaching retirement with time to spare and new horizons to aim for.

“Joining a friendly group like ours will help you and you will help the community at large.

“In spring we will be starting training of our new volunteers so it is time to make a new year resolution and get in touch and find out the volunteering opportunities we can offer”.

For more information, contact Philip Jessop on 07973 904808, or email newarkcommunityfirstaiders @hotmail.com


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