LIVES receives support from local businesses to help keep First Responders safe

LIVES receives support from local businesses to help keep First Responders safe

Emergency response charity, LIVES has received a much needed donation from the Lincolnshire Business Community to enable frontline work to continue during the Coronavirus.

In March, Lincolnshire charity LIVES posted a request on social media calling for help with hand sanitiser supplies and they very quickly received a donation from two local gin producers, Lincoln Gin and Pin Gin.

This call for help for hand sanitiser enabled their army of Community First Responders and Medic Responders to be able to continue their vital work, safely.

Left: Matthew Felgate of Lincoln Gin / Right: Martin Holliday from Chiselwood Kitchens

The threat of Coronavirus has meant that additional Personal Protection Equipment (or ‘PPE’) is needed to ensure the continued safety of the charity’s frontline volunteers. As the weeks followed the charity’s supply of masks, single use gloves and protective suits were low and they were again supported by the business community.

Fisher Motor Factors, Fix Firm, Branch Bros and Chiselwood Kitchens were just a handful of those who supported LIVES. The charity, who need to fundraise £1.4 million a year to train and equip their volunteers who attend 999 medical emergencies, explain why this is so important.

Nikki Cook, CEO at LIVES said, “The high demand for personal protective equipment right across the sector had meant that in the first few weeks, we struggled to get the supplies needed to keep our volunteers safe, whilst looking after our communities. We needed more stock than ever and we were overwhelmed by the response for our call for help. We are so thankful for every single donation.”

Matthew Felgate from Lincoln Gin added, “It really means a lot to help charities like LIVES, who give some much to our communities, I’m really pleased I could help in these difficult times.”

The charity, who turns 50 this year, have had to suspend all its anniversary celebrations and fundraising activities, but continue to support its communities by responding to medical emergencies when a 999 call is made.

LIVES volunteers have also helped with delivering food parcels, medication and carrying out welfare checks to those most vulnerable in Lincolnshire, alongside the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum.

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