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.