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Second award for First Responders

Crowborough Community First Responders picked up their second national award this year at a prestigious award ceremony held in Greater Manchester on Friday.

Nicki Pointer (Team Leader) & Leigh Westwood (Senior CFR Team Leader) with Jenny Powell

The ceremony at the AJ Bell Stadium was hosted by television presenter Jenny Powell who is probably best known for her role as the hostess on ITV’s “Wheel of Fortune”.

Nicki taking a selfie with Jenny Powell

The UK Heart Safe Awards are recognition for outstanding individuals and organisations who have given their time, energy and resources to contribute to saving lives and creating safe environments in their workplaces and communities.

Hand on Heart, the charity behind the awards, is a dedicated children’s charity committed to preventing the deaths of young people from cardiac arrest. Every week in the UK, 12 seemingly fit and healthy young people, aged 35 years and under, die from Young, Sudden Cardiac Death.

Crowborough had been shortlisted in the Community Responder category, and was up against other deserving organisations, including other volunteers that provide emergency treatment to people in their area of the country, and a provider of defibrillators and life saving training in Wales.

Crowborough Community First Responders is a team of specially trained volunteers who respond, when directed by the Ambulance Service, to emergency 999 calls in Crowborough and surrounding parishes. The charity is run entirely by its volunteers, eight frontline Community First Responders and five fundraisers.

This is the second major national award that the team has picked up in 2019. The event took place the evening before their own annual Black Tie fundraiser, allowing the whole team to celebrate the success back in Crowborough. The Heart Safe Award was on display at Barnsgate Manor for the Dinner and Dance, alongside the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, that was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex this summer.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Nicki Pointer, Team Leader said:

We are so pleased to receive this award. The team have worked hard to install six Public Access Defibrillator sites in our town and we have three more planned, whilst looking after 15 units in the area.

Combined with the hours the team put into the community alongside South East Coast Ambulance, this award is great recognition for the team.

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