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£5,000 cash boost for Norfolk Accident Rescue Service

£5,000 cash boost for Norfolk Accident Rescue Service

Published by Beth Pridding
12:30pm 3rd June 2020.

The Norfolk Accident Rescue Service is getting a boost of £5,000. 

The cash has come from Breckland Council and will be used to keep the vital charity going during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Dereham based charity, now celebrating its 50th year serving the community, is currently experiencing a dramatic increase in demand for its services, which is provided by a group of highly trained volunteer advanced clinicians. 

This year alone NARS has responded to over 500 emergency cases since 1st January 2020, which is a 100% increase on emergency call outs over a similar period last year. 

Originally formed to support ambulance crews dealing with serious road traffic accidents in the 1970's, NARS now supports the NHS Ambulance service by providing first response expertise to residents with serious injuries, cardiac arrests and strokes, where urgent treatments from fully qualified advanced clinicians is vital to saving a life or aiding the patients long term recovery.

Paul Strutt, Fundraising Officer for NARS said: 

"Due to Covid-19, all of our traditional fundraising channels have been cut off almost instantly, therefore we are delighted to have received this much needed £5000 grant from Breckland Council. The grant is a huge boost and will go towards our overall fundraising target of £50,000 to help keep our services running for the benefit of local people in need. The funding will now help pay for the purchase of vital medical supplies, PPE, training for volunteers and maintenance for our three lifesaving first responder vehicles."

Paul Hewett, Executive Member for Contracts & Assets from Breckland Council commented on the grant award: 

"Supporting a vital volunteer group like Norfolk Accident Rescue Service ensures their services can be maintained for the wider community and lives can be saved. 

"I have huge admiration and respect for this wonderful voluntary group, who make life saving decisions every day and I wish them every success in raising the final elements of funding they need to keep this service operating in our district."