First Responder Charity secures M6toll funding
By: Katie Joyce
3rd March 2021
Midland Expressway Ltd (operators of the M6toll) have supported local charity, Burntwood & District Community First Responders with a donation of £1500 through their Drive for Charity In the Community scheme.
Formed in 2010, Burntwood & District Community First Responders, have been a Registered Charity since 3rd January 2014 and cover Cannock, Burntwood, Chasetown, Chase Terrace, Norton Canes, Great Wyrley, Cheslyn Hay and surrounding areas. The charity are totally reliant on donations and grants together with their own fundraising to keep them on the road. This includes purchasing and maintaining both of their response vehicles and buying uniform. The funding awarded will enable the charity to issue safety helmets to the charities existing responders and new recruits.
Community First Responders (CFR’s) are volunteers, who respond to emergency 999 calls for the ambulance service. They are trained to a nationally recognised level by the ambulance service and deliver basic life support to patients in cardiac arrest prior to the arrival of the nearest available ambulance resource.
Dan Walsh; Co-ordinator & Trustee at Burntwood & Cannock Chase CFR’s said; “This funding means so much to our team and will enable us to purchase equipment to keep our responders safe.”
Jo Brett, M6toll’s Drive for Charity Scheme Co-ordinator added: “We’ve had the pleasure of supporting Burntwood & District Community First Responders for many years now, including the provision of free passage on the M6toll, enabling them to reach emergencies quicker. We were particularly keen to support this project, enabling the team to continue doing the great work they do safely”.
Midland Expressway Ltd’s (MEL) donation forms part of a wider initiative to support local schools and community projects. MEL’s Social Squad is always on the lookout for local charities and community projects to support. To register your charity or community project with MEL for consideration to receive fundraising or practical (volunteering) support now or in the future visit the Drive for Charity page.
For further information about Burntwood & District Community First Responders visit www.burntwoodcfr.org.uk