First Responder group secures M6toll funding

Burntwood and cannock chase responders pictured with M6toll next to ambulance vehicleBurntwood and Cannock Chase Community First Responders have received a £1,500 grant from the M6toll’s charitable fund.

The organisation will use the donation to help purchase vital lifesaving equipment for its community-based volunteer Team.

Shaun Mayo, for Burntwood and Cannock Chase Community First Responders (CFR), said: “Our group of dedicated volunteers is committed to caring for our community by donating their free time to respond to local emergency calls, supporting the West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS).

“As one of the busiest CFR schemes in the West Midlands, last year we attended 565 jobs covering 2,102 on duty hours. We are trained by WMAS to respond to different types of emergency 999 calls to provide initial assessment and treatment. We also deliver free CPR and AED awareness sessions in the communities we serve.”

The Burntwood and Cannock Chase group was established nine years ago and needs to continually raise funds to maintain and replace equipment.

M6toll’s monthly Drive for Charity in the Community campaign aims to support community groups and projects across the Midlands as part of a £45,000 initiative.

Maxine Estevez of M6toll, said: “The first responder scheme provides an essential service for local people across the region, so we are proud to support them.

“Our Drive for Charity scheme is all about supporting the towns and villages surrounding the toll road, so we are pleased to have been able to make this contribution.”

Since the M6toll opened 15 years ago, operators Midland Expressway Limited (MEL) have donated more than £1million to local good causes.

This year, M6toll’s online scheme saw £20,000 given to ‘charity of the year’ Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, and dozens of smaller awards made to community projects.

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