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Starting first aid group was ‘confidence boost’

Chris Cherry, who is one half of the Baston Lives first responder group with his mother Jan Pell

Chris Cherry, who is one half of the Baston Lives first responder group with his mother Jan Pell

 

A teenager who set up a voluntary first responder group with his mother says it has boosted his confidence and given him valuable skills.

Chris Cherry, 18, and his mother Jan Pell, of Bede Road, Baston, decided to start a Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service group in their village.

The service, known as Lives First Responders, aims to send a trained firstaider to 999 calls to help casualties until an ambulance arrives.

Chris, a forensic computing student at Anglia Ruskin University, said: “Because we are in Baston rather than Market Deeping or Bourne we thought we could make up the villages in between.

“My mum was into nursing and I am interested in becoming a paramedic.

“I really enjoy helping people and that was the reason behind starting the group. We wanted to help out our community.

“It’s also a great opportunity to learn new skills and get a useful qualification.”

Since starting, Chris and Jan have answered about 25 emergency calls.

Chris added: “It really is a confidence booster. Prior to joining I had no idea what I would do in an emergency situation.

“I have come across various situations in the street that I can help with now.”

 

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