Poynton Community First Responders were praised for their important work in local communities when local MP, David Rutley, met with the group’s Team Leader and Enhanced Responder, Andy Barnes. David gave his backing to this positive volunteer group and encouraged more local residents to get involved.

Mr Barnes explained that Poynton Community First Responders are often the first to answer local emergency calls, providing potentially life-saving first aid in the vital minutes before an ambulance arrives. As a result, Poynton Community First Responder volunteers represent North West Ambulance Service, assessing the situation, treating the casualty and establishing the patient’s previous medical history. They can also then be a vital second pair of hands for the Paramedics on arrival. As well as providing first aid treatment, the team carries automated external defibrillators, and is trained and equipped to provide oxygen therapy.

The group are often to be found at large-scale community events, such as the annual Bonfire Night display, and various local events. Poynton Community First Responders is entirely run by volunteers and supported by generous donations from, among others, Poynton Round Table, and Bollington Insurance Brokers. As a result, the group is always keen to welcome new members to support its important and rewarding work, and anyone interested in becoming further involved can contact Mr Barnes on 07772 575 616.

David was also pleased to learn that the vital role played by the group in the village was recognised with a community Civic Award recently, helping to further raise the profile of this positive organisation.

Speaking after his meeting, David said, “I was impressed to hear more from Andy Barnes about the vital role he and his volunteer team play in Poynton and neighbouring Communities, and I am grateful to the group for all the hard work it does. The group is a familiar and reassuring presence for many local residents, and I would encourage local residents to see how they can support Poynton First Responders’ important work going forward.”