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Comedy, curry and magic

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Comedy, curry and magic

We are putting on a charity fundraising comedy and a curry night in support of the Community First Responders (CFR) in Milton Keynes.

On Wednesday 14 June, hilarious celebrity comedian, Jo Enright from Phoenix Nights will be the performer for the evening together with internationally renowned magician Neil Henry. The sit-down event, which costs just £24.95 per person also includes a succulent three course meal created by Maaya’s head chef.

“All the proceeds will be donated to the charity and we’re hoping to raise a total of £1,500 which is the cost of an emergency response kit for a new CFR,” says joint owner and manager at Maaya, Mo Abdul. “The Community First Responders are often the first people to arrive at a cardiac arrest and those crucial minutes can save someone’s life. They work completely voluntarily, which is incredibly admirable and something we’re happy to support in any way we can.”

Spaces are strictly limited so please book early to reserve your seat. The evening will also include a charity auction.

One of MK’s CFRs Gareth Brocklebank said: “In the last year, CFRs have attended 3266 emergency 999 calls in our area and becoming a CFR is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. From helping someone experiencing chest pain or breathing difficulties through to being first on scene performing CPR at a cardiac arrest, CFRs are a vital part of the ambulance service. With Maaya’s help hosting this fundraiser, the money raised could put another much needed CFR on the road in MK.”

About CFRs

All over our region ordinary people have been trained by South Central Ambulance Service to give vital life saving help to their neighbours in the event of someone suffering cardiac arrest, stroke, heart attack, choking, chest pain and other life threatening symptoms. They rely 100% on donations to their charity to fund this vital work and receive no public money at all to fund this care.

All these Community First Responders (CFRs) are volunteers, and they come from every walk of life. What they have in common is their desire to make a difference by volunteering in life and death situations. CFRs assist the ambulance service by attending emergency calls in the areas where they live or work. Because they are local, they can often reach a potentially life threatening emergency, such as a cardiac arrest, in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew can get to the scene.

In cases of cardiac arrest, for every minute that passes without cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation, a patient’s chances of survival decreases by 14%. The treatment CFRs can give in the vital minutes that they are on scene while the ambulance is on its way really does save lives.

Each scheme aims to have at least one volunteer on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – however not all have yet got enough volunteers or enough equipment to provide this round the clock cover.

To keep costs down, teams of volunteers share equipment, passing it to each other as they log on and off the on call system. Even when they work closely together like this, every CFR scheme needs a basic set of equipment.

This entry was posted on May 17, 2017

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