Community Defibrillators for Rossendale recieve highest award!
Community Defibrillators for Rossendale receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Community Defibrillators for Rossendale, a group of volunteers based in Rossendale, Lancashire, have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, equivalent to a MBE.
Community Defibrillators for Rossendale is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafe/information centres in geographically remote locations and another group mentoring children who have a parent in prison.
Representatives from Community Defibrillators for Rossendale attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May, along with other recipients of this year’s Award and will receive their award from Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, later this summer.
One of Community Defibrillators for Rossendale’s Founder Members, Chairman Andrew Walmsley, said:
“From Dawn Taylor’s initial idea in 2010, she remains a driving force behind making public access defibrillators available across the Rossendale Valley. We are honoured and delighted that the work of our ever-expanding group has been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen. Formed in 2010, the aim of Community Defibrillators for Rossendale (CDfR) is to:
- Facilitate the purchase of Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) in Rossendale
- Increase awareness in the ease of use and accessibility of CPADs
- Work to promote, educate and train members of the public in all aspects of ‘First Person on Scene’, ‘Basic Life Support’ and similar medical programmes and schemes
- Promote awareness that early defibrillation following Sudden Cardiac Arrest, in conjunction with effective Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in an out-of-hospital environment can, and does, improve survival rates.
“We currently have 28 CPAD units installed in the Rossendale Valley and Ramsbottom and would like to thank all those who have contributed to the successful promotion of the ongoing installation of CPADs through their hard work and commitment. Further installations are planned.
“A special thank you goes to our colleagues in Rossendale Community First Responders who have committed extra time to assist members of the public in training with our CPR and ‘No Fear’ AED familiarisation programme, which we have delivered to over 2,000 people since 2011; to our numerous hosts, who have accommodated the secure housing units and to our lovely band of people who check the units on a weekly basis to ensure all is ready for action if needed and in particular Billy Dyer, Managing Director of Wm Dyer Electrical (UK) Ltd, who installs our housing units in Rossendale. The units have been deployed on several occasions, having been registered with North West Ambulance Service, who will advise the access code should it be necessary.”
Rossendale First Responders are also looking for new recruits for Rossendale Community First Responders in your area. Anyone interested could access the NWAS website for more information on