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The Walpoles Community First Responders are hosting a Spring Fling in order to raise funds for a new emergency car.

With the group covering a large area including Sutton Bridge, West Winch, Runcton Holme and Walton Highway, it is imperative they can get a new car.

At the moment the group are having to use their personal cars for emergency calls.

However, a Spring Fling at the Ouse Booze on Ferry Lane in Lynn will raise funds for an ex-trust responder car, which is targeted to be in the region of £5,000 to £5,500.

Live music and food will form part of the Spring Fling which will take place on Friday, May 17

A raffle will also be held during the Spring Fling.

Lesley Saw, who volunteers as a first responder, said: “The car will enable more people to do the rounds as we cover a large area.

“At the moment we are having to use our own cars. I personally only have the one car so if my husband needs it, I cannot go out responding.”

It is estimated an additional £2,000 to £2,500 would be needed to cover the upkeep of the car as well as extra kit.

Raising funds for The Walpoles Community First Responders
Raising funds for The Walpoles Community First Responders

The volunteers have already held a bingo night which raised around £400 for the car.

Further fundraising events include a performance from Blue Harlequin at The Winch pub next month and a skydive by Jacob Bullock of the group on Saturday, August 3.

Mrs Saw added: “Jacob, who is studying medicine at university, is the youngest member of our group.

“He wants to do a skydive so we will let him jump out of a plane rather than us!”

A D-Day dance is also scheduled for Saturday, June 8 alongside a D-Day cream tea.

A demonstration of how to perform CPR will take place at the Clenchwarton fete on Saturday, June 15 where the responders will have a stand.

Then, on Saturday, June 29, the responders will be teaming up with Terrington fire station for a live fundraising display.

The display will see members of the fire service stage a rescue of a person from a burning building.

And then the responders will perform resuscitation on the person for members of the public to watch.

Responders are trained to attend certain types of emergency calls. Their aim is to reach potentially life threatening emergencies in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives.

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