Raunds first responders group gets £1,000 boost

Cheryl Bissett, from Persimmon Homes East Midlands
Cheryl Bissett, from Persimmon Homes East Midlands

A local medical emergency service has received a welcome £1,000 donation.

The donation, from Persimmon Homes East Midlands, has been given to the Raunds Community First Responders as part of its Community Champions project which will see a pot of £24,000 being donated to support local groups and charities over the next 12 months.

Raunds Community First Responders was chosen by the business because it provides rapid response treatment to local people.

The group of volunteers are used in emergency situations and are trained to deliver lifesaving treatment before an ambulance arrives.

Paul Fowler, from Raunds Community First Responders, said: “We are delighted that Persimmon Homes East Midlands have chosen to support our emergency service.

“Despite training and support from the ambulance service, we raise our own funds and buy our own equipment.

“This donation will allow us to purchase an additional medical kit and increase the number of volunteers in our group.

“We are extremely grateful to Persimmon for this generous contribution.”

Cheryl Bissett, from Persimmon Homes East Midlands, said the community initiative was a way of supporting people across every city, town and village where the company works.

She said: “We are very proud to hand over this donation to Raunds Community First Responders, an extremely worthy cause.

“It is wonderful to donate this money for a service that directly benefits and helps people in the local area.”

The Persimmon Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves.

Nationwide the company will donate a total of £750,000.

Cheryl said: “We’ve made it really simple to apply for funding, and we’re urging groups and charities to apply for next month’s donation by completing an online form.”

Persimmon East Midlands has developments across Northamptonshire including in Grove Street, Raunds.

For more information visit www.persimmonhomes.com.