Saturday, 15 December 2018

Community first responders take delivery of new vehicle

AN off-road vehicle has been bought by Sonning Common’s community first responders. 

AN off-road vehicle has been bought by Sonning Common’s community first responders. 

They raised almost £16,000 in 15 months to pay for the Vauxhall Antara so they no longer have to use their own cars on call-outs.

The new 4x4 has green and orange livery, the official colours of first responder vehicles.

People who donated towards the cost of the vehicle were invited to the official handover, which took place at Sonning Common Vauxhall.

The Fleming family gave £7,000 and Persimmon Homes donated £1,000, as did both Sonning Common and Kidmore End parish councils. Community singing group Nottakwire and the Hare and Hounds pub in Woodlands Road both gave £500.



In addition, Sonning Common Vauxhall knocked £2,000 off the price of the vehicle. Chris Brook, who co-ordinates the first responders, said: “We would not have managed this without huge support from the village — many people organised events to help us raise the money.

“We also had quite a lot of private donations and I think that is because people realise it is a good service.”

The vehicle will be used by Mrs Brook, who lives in Kidmore End, and the other first responders, Adam Negus and Sue Abbott, who both live in Sonning Common.

Mrs Brook said: “We want to thank the garage for their support and everyone else involved.”

The first responders have been going since 2008 and have attended 650 calls in that time, being first on the scene in 70 per cent of cases.



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