Life-savers give thanks for generosity

The musical fund-raisers who were out in aid of the Arbroath First Responders Unit.
The musical fund-raisers who were out in aid of the Arbroath First Responders Unit.

The Arbroath First Responder Unit held a fund-raiser on Saturday with a musical twist and realised over £300 into the bargain.

With a harmonious blend of instruments, singers, poets and supporters they played their way around the town.

A spokesperson for the Arbroath First Responder Unit said: “They professionally entertained the regulars and customers of some of the local pubs in Arbroath and, at the same time, raised funds and awareness of the unit.

“The “buskers” played for six hours and were well received wherever they went. Thanks to the donations from the pubs and their clients, they have raised £340 which will go towards life-saving equipment that will be in operation in the Arbroath area.

“Many thanks go to the following: Anchor Bar; Burns Bar; Central Bar; Foundry Bar; Pageant; St Thomas Bar; Westport Bar; and also to the Commercial Bar for supporting us.”

A Community First Responder is a member of the public who volunteers to help their community by responding to medical emergencies while the ambulance is on its way. Their aim is to provide early intervention in emergency situations, such as a heart attack or collapse, before the professional ambulance crew arrives; this improves patient survival and recovery.

There are First Responders in Arbroath, Montrose, Brechin, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Kellas and Carnoustie. Volunteers should be at least 18; communicate effectively; be calm under pressure; want to learn; work or live in the unit’s catchment area; be able to respond without delay; undertake an Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check; ideally have some first aid knowledge; and be able to commit long term.

If you would like to volunteer as a Community First Responder in Angus you can email volunteer2go@btinternet.com or call 01382 350553.