A host of district councillors have donated money to the first responders charity LIVES.
Each elected member of South Holland District Council has a designated ward budget to provide to a local charity, and 29 of them have helped donate a total of £5,050 to the Lincolnshire charity which looks to responds to emergency’s as quickly as possible.
Like all charities, the COVID-19 outbreak has restricted its fundraising drives.
Tiffany Allen, grant fundraising manager at LIVES explained, “Last year, our 13 locally based volunteer first responders attended over 1,300, of 999 medical emergencies in South Holland and even right now, they are still out there providing vital treatment to those in need. LIVES rely on donations to keep their responders on the road, an income which has been greatly hit by COVID-19.
“We need funding to continue responding and to keep our volunteers safe and protected during this difficult time.
The charity needs to fundraise £1.4 million a year to train and equip their volunteers, who are currently at risk of being exposed to COVID-19 when responding. £71,500 of this is needed to respond to the emergency calls received in South Holland.
Coun Andrew Woolf helped organise the donation and said: “I am familiar with the work that LIVES do in our local community and it really means a lot that we were all able to pull together to help them during their time of need, like they are there to help us in ours. ”