5th November 2018

Somerset charity donates Raizers to local community

Experiencing a fall can be a traumatic experience. But thanks to a generous donation of innovative lifting equipment, residents in the Bristol area can at least be confident they’ll receive the very best emergency care.

The Bristol Area Cardiac Support Charity raised enough funds to donate two Raizer Emergency Lifting Chairs to the South Western Ambulance Charity. The chairs will enable community first responders to assist patients who have experienced a fall but not injured themselves.

Community First Responders volunteer within the communities in which they live and work, providing emergency aid to patients early and ahead of ambulance arrival. The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is supported by over 800 Community First Responders, attending over 40,000 incidents each year – helping to save lives, reduce pain and provide reassurance to those requiring emergency care.

Equipping first responders with emergency lifting equipment enables swift assistance and can reduce potential complications associated with long lies. It also frees up paramedics’ time to attend the most urgent emergency call-outs.

The donation was facilitated by Rae Care, a SWASFT Governor and trustee of Bristol Area Cardiac Support:

“Bristol Area Cardiac Support is delighted to once again support SWASFT and the South Western Ambulance Charity’s Emergency Lifting Chair campaign.

The Bristol Area Cardiac Support Group charity has been running for 27 years and has donated goods totalling almost £600,000 to NHS charities, hospitals, GP practices and the Air Ambulance.

Previously we have supported SWASFT by providing £25,000 worth of defibrillators and we are so pleased to donate these lifting chairs to enable two Bristol-based Community First Responder groups to attend patients who have experienced a non-injury fall.”

Rich Buckley, SWASFT Responder Manager said:

“We are so grateful for the donation of two emergency lifting chairs from Bristol Area Cardiac Support which will enable us to further support the local community in a robust and safe way.

“These chairs will enable our volunteer heroes to go the extra mile for the communities we serve on behalf of the South Western Ambulance Service”.

If you would like to learn more about the South Western Ambulance Charity, or to donate, visit their Virgin Money Giving page.

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