Adam is saving lives as a first responder - and so could you

Adam Winch is a LIVES first responder.
Adam Winch is a LIVES first responder.
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AT just 20 years old, Adam Winch is leading LIVES first responder groups in Grantham.

Adam, of Grantham, co-ordinates teams of volunteers operating in the east and west of the town.

He began his training in October last year, and initially formed part of the group which was set up in the east in January to work in tandem with the established west group.

He has progressed to become the area’s LIVES co-ordinator.

Adam said: “It can be a little bit scary as a first responder because you don’t know what you’re walking into. But when you’ve walked out, you know you’ve helped someone.

“It’s a great thing to do.”

Each team has a handful of first responders who are trained to respond to medical emergencies within the local area. They are trained to deliver basic life support and early defibrillation, and can provide patient assessment, oxygen therapy and general patient care.

LIVES, which is a charity and relies solely on donations and fund-raising, is looking for volunteers to boost already established groups in Grantham the surrounding villages, and to launch new groups.

We are helping the charity by asking our readers to join our Save a Life Campaign. If a seed of interest has formed in becoming a first responder, why not pick up the phone and find out more?

Or if you don’t think the role is for you but you would like to help in some other way, LIVES is always keen to welcome fund-raisers or administrative support.

To find out more, visit www.lives-responders.co.uk or call 01507 525999.

l Also as part of our Save a Life Campaign, we are urging readers to sign on to the organ donor register.

We hope to boost the number of people carrying a donor card.

Visit www2.granthamtoday.co.uk/donor_appeal_form.pdf or our reception to sign up to our Save a Life Campaign.