Today the South Central Ambulance Charity officially launched its campaign to raise £1m by Christmas 2019, to help support local ambulance services in Buckinghamshire.
The charity exists to help your local ambulance service to help you.
The money raised will be used to train and equip communities to save lives and train volunteer community first responders who have been trained to provide a lifesaving response to their neighbours while an ambulance is on its way and enable South Central Ambulance Service to provide enhanced care for local people over and above what current NHS funding allows.
Simon Weston OBE, a Falklands War Veteran, is putting his support behind the campaign and will be the patron of the charity.
Simon said: “How many of us have seen something bad happen to a friend, family member or stranger when there is no-one around for immediate help, not known what to do and later thought ‘I wish I could have done something or made a difference’?
“This is the difference you can make. By volunteering yourself, getting involved in events or donating money you will help get more volunteers trained in lifesaving skills with more lifesaving equipment available in your community.
“I’m very excited to support the South Central Ambulance Charity because it will help local people realise that they can make the difference, they can be the difference.”
Over 1,000 people in our region have already answered Simon’s call and have been trained to save lives in their local communities.
Last year they answered over 15,000 calls for help.
They rely 100% on donations to the South Central Ambulance Charity to fund the equipment they need to get to an emergency call and to save a life.
The charity needs to raise £2,000 to train and equip each one.
Local business, Brian Currie Volkswagen Van Centre has just donated a brand new, fully equipped Volkswagen Caddy to volunteers in Newport Pagnell.
It will be unveiled at this event and then used to attend over 100 emergencies each month.