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.
Newcomer of the Year: Francis Firth
Fran qualified as a Community First Responder for LIVES early on in 2019 and in the 10 short months he’s been responding, he’s made quite an impression. Fran has thrown himself into responding and being part of LIVES. He’s an active fundrasier, regularly supporting many events and campaigns as well as being one of our CPR Champions.
Fran tells us what made him consider joining LIVES:
“On 1st November 2016 my brother, David, had a cardiac arrest. His wife didn’t know what to do, she ran and got a neighbour who performed CPR for 20 minutes until help arrived. They used a defibrillator on David seven times until they regained a pulse. Four stents later, David is alive and well.”
“This obviously shocked us all and was the inspiration for me to start campaign for my local village to get a public access defibrillator. Once it was installed I went to a meeting to be trained in its use and found out that it was LIVES who had provided the defibrillator.”
Fran got talking to the team at LIVES and decided to start the process to become a first responder for LIVES.
“I realised that LIVES is a wonderful charity and being a Community First Responder is something that I could do to serve the community I live in.”
As Fran approaches his first year anniversary since qualifying, we asked him what has he learned about the difference LIVES makes?
“The thing that I find most rewarding is making a difference to the patients that I attend, it’s such a nice feeling when you can see that they feel reassured that there is someone who has come to help and cares. Often you can see an improvement from when you arrive to when you leave just because they feel reassured.”
Congratulations Fran – keep up the fantastic work!