As 2019 has come to an end, the Selsey Community First Responders Scheme would like to thank all our supporters who have given so generously to the scheme.
From the Corporate Partners (Bunn Leisure, S-Fabs and Trident Structures). local organisations and clubs (Selsey Open Gardens and Walking Festival, Manhood Classic Cars, The Shanty Men, Gainsborough Singers, Sue Bringloe Yoga Class, Selsey Golf Ladies and Veterans, West Sussex Carpet Bowls, Crablands Bowls, Selsey Fireworks, the Lions, St Wilfrids Swimathon, the Local Business Alliance, The Seal, Brian Ridley (the busking flautist) and all the good people of Sesey who have put a donation in our collection boxes distributed around the town. And to our own team of fundraisers for their fantastic commitment and hard work in attending Lifeboat Day, the Village fete, numerous Table Top Sales and for organising a very successful Curry and Quiz Night and the recent Christmas Market at Selsey Town Hall.
Finally, to Colin Rose (Rose Electrics) who gives his time and fittings free of charge installing the defibrillators around the town.
Every penny received is invested back in the Scheme.
The Scheme is totally dependent upon donations as we receive no financial support either from the local ambulance authority (SECAMB) or the NHS.
Whilst SECAMB is responsible for the recruitment and training and on-going assessment of our Responders our Scheme is responsible for providing everything else from vehicles, uniforms and maintaining the operability of the defibrillators around the town.
The Scheme also purchases defibrillators for each of our Responder Team who are all volunteers giving up their personal time to help the Selsey community when asked to attend a medical emergency by the ambulance authority.
The base cost to the Scheme of car tax, car insurance, vehicle maintenance and maintaining defibrillators is £3500 and, additionally, each Responder defibrillator costs £1000+.
To date, with the donations from the Selsey community, the Scheme has been able to purchase and instal 11 Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) around the town. Given our relative remoteness on the Manhood Peninsular, a combination of Responders and PADs (each defibrillator and cabinet costs in excess of £1500) is vital in helping to save lives in the community. WHERE EVERY SECOND COUNTS….
For more information about the Scheme, how you can help to support the Selsey Community First Responders, or if you have an interest in becoming a First Responder email: