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.
Fundraiser of the Year: Nick Hargreaves
Nick is a Level 3 Community First Responder and has been volunteering for LIVES for nearly 10 years!
Nick won the Fundraiser of the Year award, as not only does he give up his time to respond to 999 calls in his local community, but he also arrange numerous fundraising events to help raise much-need funds to help support the charity.
Nick decided to join LIVES back in 2010 having always had an interest in caring for people, with a particular interest is pre-hospital care. Nick also became involved in fundraising for LIVES soon after joining, he knew that money was a vital ingredient – without it the responding wouldn’t be possible.
“Fundraising is a great way to meet people and raise the LIVES profile. Many are still not aware of who we are and what we do. I am very lucky to have a great team of responders, medics and fundraisers in the Sleaford district who make fundraising so much easier.” says Nick.
While Nick is passionate about fundraising, he also cares deeply about responding too: “The most rewarding part is being able to get to people quickly in their time of need, I know that many people I have treated are now living better lives because I got to them quickly, often being able to get them advanced care early based on my initial observations and first assessment.”
“I have also been fortunate enough to be involved in saving 3 peoples lives when not actually booked on as a responder, one of these was at a LIVES fundraising event.” he adds.
After nearly 10 years with LIVES, what does the future have to hold for Nick? “I have made some great friends and recently started my hospital career in A&E largely down to being with LIVES. Gaining the confidence to deal with people and having received high level, pre-hospital training for a number of years means I’m so much more confident in myself.”
Congratulations Nick – LIVES are lucky to have you!