The rapid response to medical emergencies in the Skegness area by LIVES volunteers has undoubtedly saved hundreds of lives since the charity started over 50 years ago.
LIVES and the Rotary Club have had a long-standing partnership, having previously worked on a community defibrillator project, purchasing and placing 25 lifesaving community access defibrillators in the Skegness area.
Of the 12,600 emergency 999 calls LIVES attended in 2019, 788 of these were in Skegness.
These emergencies happen day or night, 365 days a year.
LIVES Responders, who live locally to Skegness or in the town itself, arrive faster than an ambulance at 85 per cent of the calls they attend.
This means faster treatment and potentially better outcomes for the patient.
Nikki Cook, CEO at LIVES said: “We are so thankful for this incredibly generous donation.
“Skegness Rotary have been supporters of LIVES for many years, and we are so grateful for their continued support. ”
“The donation has allowed LIVES to fund a number of items that will allow us to reach more people.
“From educational tools that will teach lifesaving skills in our schools’ programme, to purchasing new technology to improve our training courses for our volunteers, every penny will help make a real difference.”
Martin Rawlinson, president of Skegness Rotary added: “We were delighted to be able to see first hand the impact our donation has made.
“The team at LIVES have made such a difference to so many residents and visitors to Skegness that we are proud to support a lifesaving Lincolnshire charity.”
The charity, who turned 50 last year, had to suspend all its anniversary celebrations and fundraising activities due to Covid-19.
LIVES continued to support its communities over the lockdown period by responding to medical emergencies when a 999 call was made.
The charity relies on donations to train, support and equip its army of volunteers, and needs over £1 million annually.
For more information,visit www.LIVES.org.uk or to support LIVES, email [email protected]