Milestone for Responders

(L to R) Seahouses Responders Ian Clayton, Keith Slater and Martin Spruce, with Sandra Phillips presenting her cheque for �531.50, supported by six-year-old daughter and little helper Jade, who also agreed that Mum had done a fantastic job. Photo by Seahouses FR
(L to R) Seahouses Responders Ian Clayton, Keith Slater and Martin Spruce, with Sandra Phillips presenting her cheque for �531.50, supported by six-year-old daughter and little helper Jade, who also agreed that Mum had done a fantastic job. Photo by Seahouses FR

A VOLUNTARY paramedic service in north Northumberland has notched its 1,000th call.

And this milestone for Seahouses Ambulance First Responders coincided with a £500 donation from a village resident, who ran the Great North Run this year.

Sandra Phillips once again competed in the famous event to raise money for Seahouses charities.

This year her total raised in sponsorship exceeded £1000, which was a brilliant effort. The money was split equally between the Seahouses Cancer Support Group, and the Seahouses Ambulance First Responder Group.

The donation has also coincided with the Responder Group answering its 1000th emergency call, since it went live in February 2003.

Group co-ordinator Ian Clayton said: “This was a superb donation, which occurred as we had our 1000th call, so it was quite a milestone, and Sandra’s cheque helps ensure the future of the Seahouses scheme.

“We are delighted and humbled by the support we receive from Sandra and others in our community, who obviously appreciate what we do.

“We enjoy working with the ambulance crews, and we all have a great respect for their professionalism.

“However in the rural setting, those crews can be thinly spread, which is where our role can make a difference.”