It’s celebration time as LIVES says thanks to first responders

Volunteer Gary Bolton receives his award from Dr Owen MBE
Volunteer Gary Bolton receives his award from Dr Owen MBE

Horncastle charity LIVES had a joint celebration at its annual meeting last week as volunteer first responders who had reached 10 years of service were recognised.

At the event, 42 first responder volunteers, including fire & rescue co-responders, helpers and medics were brought together to be recognised for their dedicated service to the charity and to receive the 10-Year-Award.

The awards were presented to each volunteer by clinical director of the charity Dr Yvonne Owen MBE.

She said: “It was a huge honour to present the award to our dedicated volunteers who have reached an incredible milestone.

“Ten years of continued service to LIVES is such an achievement and I want to say thank you to all our volunteers, without them we wouldn’t be able to provide the vital service to the people of Lincolnshire and continue to grow as a charity.

“We will continue to work with the Clinical Commissioning Groups, East Midlands Ambulance Service and the County Council to ensure that, as always, LIVES remains an integral part of emergency and urgent response within the county, serving the population that so generously supports us.”

During the AGM, it was reported how 15,460 incidents across Lincolnshire were aided by LIVES first responders over the course of the year.

It was also announced that over the last year LIVES medics and first responders have used lifesaving defibrillators 178 times - securing a return of circulation on 68 occasions providing a return rate of 38.2% - an incredible percentage for LIVES to secure, the national average is 15%.

LIVES chairman, Dr Alan Sagar, said: “LIVES is an avant-garde organisation at the forefront of change.

“Everyone does a fantastic job, making a difference to response times but more importantly helping patients.”

The volunteers who received awards included Maggie Hobson of Goulceby and Scamblesby.

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