Early 2016

It is still winter and there are plenty of snowdrops about:

snowdrops

We are have the occasional hard frost. Please take care on pavements and roads, and look out for any vulnerable neighbours.There are one or two fairly collossal potholes in some locations – surprisingly difficult to spot if they are full of rainwater.

Our thanks go to all in the local community who so generously donate to keep the service going – from the numerous collection boxes in the local shops and businesses, to the many individual donations and bequests that we receive. Thank you to one and all.

We now have five volunteers responding – so our coverage has improved tremendously. There is always room for more, so if you are interested in helping us in any way, please get in touch.

May, 2013

Following our mammoth fundraising over the last 2 years and as a result of the huge generosity of the local community and businesses, we have now reached our goal and have been able to purchase our new emergency response vehicle (although we still need to have the blue lights and siren etc fitted).

Everyone within the group are hugely proud of this achievement and we are all very conscious that without your help and donations this would not have been possible, so we would like to thank each and every one who has in the past given kindly to our cause. We will not be resting on our Laurels as we would very much like to have a specialist navigation unit fitted to the vehicle which is automatically connected to WMAS ambulance control. This unit could easily save us a couple of minutes when called to that all important lifesaving emergency call.

Marie Frodsham, Jenny Hurst and Darren Barlow and Adam Rowbottom are now West Midlands Ambulance Service and British Heart Foundation HeartStart course instructors, if you have a spare couple of hours and would like to learn how to help someone that maybe unconscious, having a heart attack, bleeding or choking, then please get in touch and we can arrange a course in your locality completely free of charge.

Since our last newsletter we have been tasked to incidents in Alstonefield, Longnor, Quarnford, Grindon, Leek, Blackshaw Moor, Reapsmoor, Hollinsclough, Sheen, Warslow, Elkstones, Wetton and Upper Hulme.

Donations to the group since the last newsletter are very gratefully received including, £1100.00 from a charity night at The Horseshoe Inn, Longnor.  £150.00 from Longnor Sports Committee.  £250.00 from Sainsbury’s, Leek.  £100 from Jennifer Davies in memory of Richard Elks. The change you all put into our little red collection boxes dotted around the area all adds up including:  £15.48p – Britannia Building Society, Leek.  £27.78p – Kidds Stores, Longnor.  £7.37p – Manifold Inn, Hulme End. Thank you everyone who helps by donating, every penny goes to help keep the group running.

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH

In England, strokes are a major health problem. Every year over 150,000 people have a stroke and it is the third largest cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. The brain damage caused by strokes means that they are the largest cause of adult disability in the UK.

People over 65 years of age are most at risk from having strokes, although 25% of strokes occur in people who are under 65. It is also possible for children to have strokes.
If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

It is important to remember the FAST TEST. The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time.
Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have dropped
Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift one or both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness
Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake
Time – it is time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.

March, 2013

Wow what a night!!!. A huge huge thank you to all those who supported us on Saturday 16th March at the Winking Man and congratulations to Ann Collins of Longnor School who won the main raffle prize of the Holiday. We raised an enormous £1675. So a massive thank you to all those who came along and gave their support. In particular we would like to thank George, Kath, Angela and Ian for organising the event and ensuring the night ran like clockwork, the staff at the Winking Man for their service, Melvin for the Disco and to all who donated a remarkable array of raffle prizes.  It truly was a brilliant night.  As a group we can’t survive without events such as this and the night has gone a long way to the cost of replacing our vehicle….so to all those concerned, thank you thank you thank you…

There are also other ways in which you can help too, by offering your spare time to assist with non-operational running of the group, or simply by ensuring your property has a clearly visible sign to help us find you or by leaving ALL your lights on in the case of an emergency at night.

Marie Frodsham, Jenny Hurst and Darren Barlow and Adam Rowbottom are now West Midlands Ambulance Service and British Heart Foundation HeartStart course instructors, if you have a spare couple of hours and would like to learn how to help someone that maybe unconscious, having a heart attack, bleeding or choking, then please get in touch and we can arrange a course in your locality completely free of charge.

Last month we attended incidents in Leek, Blackshaw Moor, Grindon, Alstonefield, Warslow and Upper Hulme.  As well as covering HeartStart courses at Beresford Children’s Centre and the Winking Man. Donations to the group since the last newsletter are very gratefully received including, £150.00 from Jason Hails and the Councillors Community Initiative Fund. The change you all put into our little red collection boxes dotted around the area all adds up including:  £8.01p – Britannia Building Society, Leek.  £22.98p – Longnor Post Office.  £8.33p – Longnor WRW. Thank you everyone who helps by donating, every penny goes to help keep the group running.

Blood has a long road to travel: Laid end to end, there are about 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. And the hard-working heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood through those vessels every day.  A very good reason to take extra care of your Heart.

For any information about fundraising or if you would like to get involved with First Responders please contact us.