Simon Nicholls has presented Stone Community First Responders with a cheque for £582 after carrying out a sponsored row.
Simon, owner of Next Level Fitness in Stone, rowed a total of 48km, the equivalent of rowing across the English Channel. The non-stop, 3 hour 48 minute achievement took place at Simon’s training facility on Stone Business Park.
The Community First Responders are volunteer teams trained by West Midland Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level. They provide lifesaving treatment to local communities, and are backed up by the nearest emergency vehicle.
The first few minutes in injuries & illnesses are often critical, simple interventions can be performed in order to save lives or prevent disability.
Simon undertook the challenge to help raise vital funds to provide a sophisticated Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) that can be carried in the First Responders rapid response vehicle. These defibrillators are a vital piece of equipment for patients who’ve suffered cardiac arrest.
Simon said “I saw that the first responders needed a new defib and I knew how important this piece of equipment was to them. I thought what’s 4 hours, or just shy, on a rowing machine on a Sunday for the sake of saving someone’s life! The First Responders do a great job in our community so I wanted to give something back, you never know when you or a loved one may need the first responders or the defib!“
The Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are easy to use and talk the user through step-by-step instructions. The sooner a defibrillator is used, the better chance the patient has of surviving. After a patient has collapsed following a heart attack and is having VF, every minute that a defibrillator is not used the chances of survival reduces by 10 %. This is where a Community First Responder can save lives. The money raised by Simon will go towards this valuable service to help save lives.