Ripon staff help vital service

Ripon Community First Responders volunteers Claire McKeown and Barry Purdy meet first aiders from Wolseley following fundraising efforts by staff members.
Ripon Community First Responders volunteers Claire McKeown and Barry Purdy meet first aiders from Wolseley following fundraising efforts by staff members.

Ripon employer Wolseley UK has donated more than £1,000 in support of a group of volunteers who provide critical medical assistance in the city.

The group known as Ripon CFR (Community First Responders) is a team of medically trained volunteers who help the emergency services as first-on-the-scene support in critical situations such as heart attacks or breathing emergencies.

Staff at the Ripon office of Wolseley UK raised the money through dress-down days and competitions.

Michelle Henstock, Wolseley UK payroll manager, said: “Our staff here at the Ripon office are very keen to support both national and local charities and they raise over £5,000 each year.

“We’re particularly pleased that over £1,000 has been raised for Ripon First Responders as they offer an invaluable service in the community.”

Co-ordinated by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Community First Responders have been active in Ripon for nearly two years.

Team member Claire McKeown said: “We’re delighted with this generous donation from Wolseley UK staff as it will help us buy a vital training tool known as a ‘Resus Annie’ – a Resusci Anne Simulator – which can be used to teach volunteers CPR techniques and emergency first aid.”