LIVES medics are praised for devotion to duty

TNT pick up the medical equipment for Nepal from LIVES
TNT pick up the medical equipment for Nepal from LIVES

Medics from LIVES - the Horncastle based charity - attended six serious road traffic incidents across the area during the Bank Holiday.

One volunteer medic, who was on duty for 36 hours, attended four of the six incidents.

Working alongside staff from EMAS, he spent five hours helping casualties at one of the incidents.

LIVES were also one of the first emergency services to attend the fatal accident near Ludford in which Horncastle businessman Paul White (54) was killed.

The figures were released by LIVES spokesman Steve Hyde.

He said: “In all, we attended nine serious incidents over the Bank Holiday, six of them being RTC’s.

“Our medics definitely helped save lives and that what it is all about.

“They did - and continue to do - an absolutely fantastic job.”

Mr Hyde admitted the number of incidents was “normal” for a Bank Holiday for the organisation.

LIVES, of course, rely heavily on volunteers and donations from the general public.

However, the organisation has turned “provider” after donating vital medical equipment to the relief efforts in Nepal.

The equipment, including dressings and other first-aid equipment - was surplus to requirements at LIVES.

John Norman, data analyst at LIVES, co-ordinated the operation and the Horncastle depot of TNT delivered the equipment to a distribution centre in South Yorkshire free of charge.

From there, the equipment was shipped out to Nepal - helping with the relief efforts after last month’s devastating earthquake.

Mr Hyde said they were very grateful to TNT for their support and added: “It was a very generous offer by TNT to deliver the equipment free of charge.

“We’d like to thank Peter Giddens, the manager of TNT in Horncastle - and his staff.”