LIVES will be celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2015 by hosting a series of exciting fundraising and awareness campaigns.
Founded in 1970 by Nettleham-based Dr Michael Cooper and Tetford-based Dr Richard Harper-Smith, LIVES has become an essential part of Lincolnshire emergency care.
The Horncastle based charity works to provide vital help in the first few minutes before an ambulance crew arrive.
It gives a county-wide service and relies on volunteer responders and medics to be ‘on call’ to offer assistance.
Steve Hyde fundraising manager at LIVES said: “We are so excited to be celebrating our 45th anniversary and all we have achieved in those 45 years.
“During the year we will be trying to raise the awareness of LIVES and the important work we do – the charity is a result of 45 years of hard work and brings communities in Lincolnshire together to make a difference.
“Dr Michael Cooper and Dr Richard Harper-Smith were both amazing men, who worked tirelessly to start LIVES and provide Lincolnshire with an invaluable medical service.
“Today, LIVES is still based on the same hard-working principles – our medics and first responders are at the heart of what we do.”
In 2014, LIVES medics and first responders used lifesaving defibrillators 191 times - securing a return of circulation on 90 occasions providing a return rate of 48% - an incredible accomplishment for the charity.
Mr Hyde added: “Over the course of our 45th anniversary we will be working to encourage communities to invest in their own defibrillators.
“We are hoping to encourage at least 45 schools, 45 businesses and 45 rural villages to purchase defibrillators.”
LIVES will be announcing a number of exciting fund raising events in 2015 across Lincolnshire including an anniversary ball in September. The overall aim is to raise awareness and also raise funds.
*In order to join in with LIVES 45th anniversary celebrations - and keep up-to-date with its work - visit www.lives.org.uk.
Also, look out for the charity’s Twitter hashtag #LIVES45.