LIVES launches bid to recruit responders

A volunteer responder undergoing LIVES training
A volunteer responder undergoing LIVES training
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LIVES have launched a recruitment drive for new volunteer responders to coincide with the organisation’s 45th anniversary.

The Horncastle-based emergency care service - founded in 1970 - plays an increasingly important role across the county.

Responders from the charity are often first on the scene to give vital help in the crucial minutes before ambulance crews arrive.

Stephen Hyde fundraising manager at LIVES said: “LIVES is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, making 2015 a fantastic time to join the ever-growing organisation and find a local first responder group to become part of.”

Dr Simon Topham, clinical director of LIVES said: “Our volunteers are at the centre of LIVES and without them we would not be able to provide the vital service we do to the people of Lincolnshire.

“Becoming a first responder is a fantastic way for people to achieve a new skill and make a real difference in their community.

“Becoming a first responder is a life-changing experience where volunteers are able to become part of a team.

“We are really excited to be in our 45th year and are looking forward to launching a series of awareness and fund raising activities.”

As part of their anniversary, LIVES are also looking for 45 runners to take part in the City of Lincoln 10K race in March.

Lives are one of six official charity partners for the 2015 event.

Founded in 1970 by Nettleham-based Dr Michael Cooper and Tetford-based Dr Richard Harper-Smith, LIVES has become an essential part of Lincolnshire’s emergency care.

The charity works to provide vital help in the first few minutes before an ambulance crew arrive.

It relies on volunteer responders and medics to be ‘on call’ to offer assistance.

*Details about the 45th anniversary - and the Lincoln Fun Run appeal - can be found www.lives.org.uk.

Anyone wanting to become a first responder, should visit: www.lives.org.uk/be-involved/be-a-first-responder/