Ipswich Lions help First Responders

The Lions Club of Ipswich has recently presented a cheque for £1500 to the Ipswich Community First Responders so they can purchase some new equipment. 


The money, which was raised by the members of the Ipswich Lions Club, will buy a full kit for one First Responder, which includes a defibrillator, oximeter, oxygen, bandages and mobile phone. This means that Ipswich will now have three First Responders on call at all times.

Community First Responders are trained volunteers who receive instant notification of 999 calls in the area where they live. They attend the patient and administer vital medical aid before the Ambulance arrives, then they assist the paramedics with further treatment.

The cheque was presented by Lion Ruth Martin, along with some fellow Lions from the Ipswich Club, to Jon Needle, Community Partnership Manager for the East of England Ambulance NHS Trust at Ipswich Hospital. He was supported by Community First Responders Shantell and Lee, who give up their spare time to deliver this life-saving service.

Jon thanked the Lions Club and said that this donation would greatly improve the coverage of the service that Community First Responders provide in Ipswich.