M6toll fund Community Public Access Defibrillator

Midland Expressway Ltd (operators of the M6toll) have supported South Staffordshire First Responders (SSFR) group with a donation of £1,000 to fund a Community Public Access
Defibrillator.

Community First Responders {CFR) are groups of volunteers trained to a nationally recognised level by West Midlands Ambulance Servic-e and respond to 999 calls in their local communities. They can be vital in reaching those people suffering from medical emergencies fast, particularly in remote rural communities, prior to the arrival of an ambulance. On many occasions, the first few minutes are critical and simple interventions can be performed in order to save lives or prevent disability. CFR’s maybe requested to attend to medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, diabetic emergencies, strokes, falls, and breathing problems. The charity provides trained volunteers in Codsall, Perton, Pattingham, Wombourne, Kinver and all the surrounding villages.

Matt Jevons, Founding Trustee of SSFR said: “This is a fantastic donation from the M6toll and is much more than we originally thought it might be. The money donated to us will go towards funding a Community Public Access Defibrillator, which is available 24/7. Anyone who needs to access the defibrillator in an emergency calls 999 and the operator will give them a key code to open the box. The defibrillator can be used by anybody and gives the operator verbal instructions how to use it.”

Ian Harvey, M6toll’s Drive for Charity Social Squad member added: “I am proud to champion South Staffordshire First responders. Public access to defibrillators is so important, it can literally be the difference between life and death. In my hometown of Tamworth, there are a few located around the area and it always makes me feel safer. South Staffordshire First Responders are ensuing local people feel safer in their communities.”

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