Labour councillors have donated funds from their community budgets to the Gorseinon & Districts First Responders (GDFR).
County Councillors from Penyrheol and Gorseinon wards provided £750 in collaboration with Gorseinon Town Council’s contribution of £500.
GDFR is a community-based voluntary scheme that has been set up to provide a local response to a 999 Emergency call.
It is a group of volunteers trained by the Welsh Ambulance Service to provide assistance to patients in need of urgent medical assistance. They carry response equipment including oxygen and a defibrillator in order to start and maintain the chain of survival in cardiac arrest patients until a fully equipped Ambulance arrives.
“We heavily rely on community support and funding and have been overwhelmed by the kind donations received so far, the combined £1250 donation from Gorseinon Town Council and the individual County Councillors Jan Curtice, Andrew Stevens and Kelly Roberts have been of huge importance to us and has enabled us to fund our start up and to purchase lifesaving equipment needed to fulfil our role,” explained Dan Edwards, GDFR Scheme Coordinator.
“I am overwhelmed by their support and thank them in supporting us to make a difference to patient’s within their communities.”
Based in the community of Gorseinon, they can often get to 999 emergency calls in Gorseinon, Gowerton, Penllergaer and Loughor within a matter of minutes and are able to provide a first response to the most life threatening types of calls.
Cllr Andrew Stevens said he was very impressed with the dedicated work of Gorseinon & Districts First Responders.
He said: “Community First Responders are a life-saving partnership with local communities. If someone faces a serious emergency, every second counts and a helping hand from a Community First Responder can make a vital difference to their lives.
“I want to commend Dan, Glyn and all of their team for taking on this extremely important and difficult role, you are a valuable asset to our community and I wish you all the very best with this initiative.”
Cllr Jan Curtice added: “I am really pleased to have been able to support Dan and his team of volunteers through our Community Budget. They are a dedicated team of volunteers and are a great asset to our Community. Well Done Dan and team you have done us all proud.”
Cllr Malcolm Curtice added: “On behalf of Gorseinon Town Council it has been a pleasure to financially support this scheme, and we wish Dan and his team all the very best for the future.:
Cllr Kelly Roberts said: “When I heard about the Gorseinon and District First Responders scheme and that it needed funding to get started, it was a no-brainer. This is a life-saving scheme so I was more than happy to use my community budget to ensure patients in need of urgent medical assistance are responded to within minutes. This is an asset to our community and the volunteers are true heroes.”
PICTURE CAPTION: L-R Glyn Thomas, Alternative First Responder Manager, Councillor Kelly Roberts, Councillor Andrew Stevens, Councillor Malcolm Curtice, Dan Edwards, Scheme Coordinator, Councillor Jan Curtice, and Volunteer First Responders Natalie Evans, Beth Fellows and Sophie Webb.
(Photo taken by Martin Bray).