09 February 2016 – Newly Donated Vehicle Ready To Save Lives In Preston

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has welcomed a £40,000 donation by a Preston based family charitable trust, who offered to meet the funding costs for a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV).

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Photo Caption from left: Kevin Hookham, NWAS Community Fundraiser, Graham Curry, NWAS Sector Manager for Lancashire and Cheryl Pickstock, NWAS Chain of Survival lead for Lancashire.

Following a meeting with NWAS Community Fundraiser Kevin Hookham, the anonymous donor agreed to fund four community defibrillators and pay for the leasing costs of an RRV for a period of four years.

The RRV goes live this week and will be operated by a fully trained paramedic responding to patients with life-threatening conditions in the Preston area. The unnamed family charitable trust was keen to sponsor an NWAS vehicle and working closely with the Trust’s Cardiac Smart Team they decided their best option was to sponsor an RRV and defibrillators.

The donated defibrillators are set to be placed on community buildings around Preston.

Graham Curry, NWAS Sector Manager for Lancashire, said: “A big thank you from NWAS to the family trust for their incredible donation. This is the first vehicle we have had donated to the Service here in Lancashire and I’ve no doubt it will make a huge contribution to saving lives in Preston.

Kevin Hookham said: “I’m absolutely delighted with this extremely generous donation from our anonymous donor. It’s great to work in partnership with a family charitable trust that wants to put something back into their community in order to help local people.

“There was a range of options on the table, but the donors were very keen to sponsor a vehicle at £8,500 per year, along with the defibrillators at £1,500 each. This is a great example of two organisations working together to increase the number of resources on our roads in Preston and the Trust is very grateful for the family’s kindness.”

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Donations can make a huge difference to the Service and provide the Trust with additional resources to save lives. If you or your business would like to make a donation please contact our Chain of Survival Community Fundraiser Kevin Hookham on Kevin.Hookham@nwas.nhs.uk or visit the team’s website at http://www.cardiacsmart.nwas.nhs.uk/fundraising/