Sunday, 22 October 2017

Milliner urges people to become responders

THE owner of a Henley hat shop says more community first responders are needed in the town.

THE owner of a Henley hat shop says more community first responders are needed in the town.

Liz Felix, who runs her own millinery in Reading Road, signed up for the voluntary role more than two years ago and is now encouraging others to follow suit.

She says there are only a handful of responders in Henley and that two of those are about to retire.

Community first responders attend emergency calls before paramedics arrive.

They are not trained to the same level as an ambulance crew but can administer first aid and life-saving treatment such as CPR.

They can make a big difference in cases of cardiac arrest because a person?s chance of survival drops by 14 per cent for every minute they are not treated.

A first responder may also administer a shock with an automatic defibrillator, which can boost some patients? prospects by up to 75 per cent.

Mrs Felix held a recruitment meeting at her shop, which was attended by five people, three of whom signed up.

She discussed her experiences in the role and showed visitors how to give CPR and use a defibrillator on a training dummy.

She said: ?It was a very successful evening but we still need more people to come forward.

?There are eight community first responders in Pangbourne but fewer in Henley and that number is about to decrease. Time is often the critical factor in emergencies and responders can make a very important difference.?

Mrs Felix also wants to hear from businesses that could sponsor a responder?s kit bag or a car.

Robert Aitken and his wife Jane, who have led the First Responders team in Henley, are retiring at the end of this month after seven years.

The Henley branch of the scheme was launched in 2007 and has primarily been just Mr and Mrs Aitken. In March 2013, 19-year-old Harry Griffiths joined but then left when he went to study at Coventry University.

For more information or to join, call Mrs Felix on 07970 246512 or email lizfelixhats@gmail.com or call Mr Aitken on (01491) 575881.

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