Swaffham Lions stage trolley dash to help responders who aided dying leader

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A Swaffham store staged a Supermarket Sweep to raise hundreds of pounds for a charity who helped their former president when he died earlier this year.

Members of the Swaffham Lions club held the trolley dash at the town’s Tesco store last Monday to support the area’s Community First Responders.

The store sold tickets and the winner was Averil Whitwell from Swaffham, who was given permission to go wild in the aisles.

She was given 90 seconds, and with the help of the Lions and Tesco staff, she managed to fill her trolley to the brim.

Andrew Barlow, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) Community Partnership Manager for Norfolk, said: “She was extremely excited at the end and gave the Lions big hugs.

“The £450 proceeds from the trolley dash will go to the Swaffham and area community first responders who attended on the night to give their support and to promote the great work they do.”

The Lions decided to support the volunteers following the sudden death of former president Rod Goodwin, 69, earlier this year.

Community first responders, who were first on the scene after Mr Goodwin suffered a fatal heart attack, volunteer where they live or work to attend a range of medical emergencies, including cardiac arrests, strokes, patients with breathing difficulties, chest pain and allergic reactions.

They are trained and dispatched by EEAST and their aim is to reach a potential life-threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before ambulance staff arrive on scene.

For more information, visit www.eastamb.nhs.uk/get-involved/community-first-responders.htm