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Cornwall Community To Benefit From Ambulance Charity Funding

The South Western Ambulance Charity has been awarded £3,582 from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which will enable the Tamar Valley Community First Responders (CFRs) to enhance the level of patient care they deliver in the local area.

The funding has enabled the purchase of a lifting device for responders to use on patients who have had non-injury falls, but are unable to get up.

It has also been used to purchase other medical equipment, including blood pressure monitor and thermometer for the group.

Julia Cleeland-Smith, SWASFT County Responder Officer for Cornwall said: “We are delighted to have received this funding thanks to Tesco and the community of Callington.

“The new equipment we have now purchased will enable us to further support the local community in a robust and safe way. It is a great investment for the local area.

“Our volunteers give their time freely to help support SWASFT and our patients; and this funding will help them to provide more enhanced care for those in need. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.”

The lifting equipment enables responders to move non-injury falls patients from the floor to a sitting or standing position. It helps reduce extended waits and complications associated with long lies on the floor.


This scheme ensures the most appropriate resource is allocated to an incident, enabling ambulances to be sent to patients who have the highest clinical need. 

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