Shoppers dig deep to help volunteers

Anglia Co-operative foodstore trainee manager Joel Mattless presents �200 to Deeping First Responders co-ordinator Helen Bembridge watched by First Responders (from the left) Russell Handley, David Brook and Peter Ward.

Anglia Co-operative foodstore trainee manager Joel Mattless presents �200 to Deeping First Responders co-ordinator Helen Bembridge watched by First Responders (from the left) Russell Handley, David Brook and Peter Ward.

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CO-OP shoppers in Market Deeping have given a helping hand to a group of volunteers providing life-saving medical assistance.

They handed over almost 20,000 till receipts during a six-week fundraising campaign for Deeping First Responders – netting £200 for the charity that provides vital medical help at emergency calls prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

The Deeping responders attend more than 200 emergencies each year and, as a self-funded group, have to raise around £2,500 each year to keep going.

Customers of the Anglia Co-operative foodstore in Godsey Lane really got behind the store’s Pick Up A Penny fundraiser and manager Darren Hammond said: “We gave 1p to the First Responders for every till receipt our customers handed in during the campaign.”

Deeping First Responders co-ordinator Helen Bembridge received the cheque from trainee store manager Joel Mattless. She said: “It’s absolutely brilliant to think that so many people have supported us.

“The money will go towards the training of two new responders and towards extra oxygen needed at emergency call-outs.”

Deeping First Responders – part of LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service) – celebrates its tenth anniversary in December and, once the new responders are on board, will have a team of ten volunteers serving the Deepings area.

Helen added: “Because we are local we can usually get to medical emergencies before the ambulance. We provide the service every day from 7pm to 7am.”

To find out more about Deeping First Responders, call Helen on 01778 344330.