In October at our AGM and Annual Conference we announced our 2019 award winners. At LIVES, we’re incredibly lucky to have an outstanding volunteer base, made up of the most inspirational and generous people. We want to share with you a handful of those volunteers who have won awards this year.
Responder of the Year: Bill Barber
Bill’s been a Community First Responder for over 8 years and progressed to now be at Level 4, which means he can attend some of the most serious medical emergencies, including those involving children and infants.
He’s someone who’s always there to help. We’ve received so many message of praise and thanks for Bill from patients, families and colleagues that we’ve lost count! So why did Bill decided to join LIVES almost a decade ago?
“A good friend of mine had two mini strokes on the same day in October 2010. As I had always been interested in the medical world, this was the push that started my LIVES career. After applying in November 2010, I qualified as a Community First Responder a few months later in January 2011.”
And we’re very pleased he did… During in his time at LIVES, Bill has helped hundreds of people in Lincolnshire when they’ve needed someone most. But Bill, like many of us, knows how difficult it can be for an ambulance to reach you quickly when you live in a rural area, like many Lincolnshire villages.
“I think the most rewarding aspect of being a responder is making a difference and being there for the people in your community (and beyond!) in their time of need. Living in a more rural area, where ambulances can take longer to get to patients, a fast response by LIVES is vital. Minutes really do matter.”
Never one to sing his own praises, Bill was shocked to receive the award for Responder of the Year 2019 but it’s not a shock to us at LIVES as there is no one more deserving.
Congratulations Bill! We hope you’ll be responding for many more years.