Knitting efforts help emergency charity

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The volunteer emergency doctors’ charity, East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme has recently benefited from some individual supporters’ efforts in Rutland to the tune of £1,700.

Over the last few months a lady in Oakham, Margaret Wright, has been knitting over 100 soft toys for the charity, known as Emics, to sell to raise funds for the charity.

Gates Nursery in Cold Overton allowed Emics, courtesy of Nigel Gates, to set up a display from which the toys were sold, raising the sum of £200.

Another long time supporter of Emics, Jane Jones HAS handed over a cheque for £1,500 as a result of a range of fundraising events she has organised during the year. Jane also handed over a similar sum to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland Air Ambulance.

Dr Tim Gray accepted the donations on behalf of Emics.

He said: “We continue to be ever grateful for the donations from our local supporters especially from Jane Jones who has raised many thousands of pounds for us over the years and to one of our latest Mrs. Margaret Wright.

“These contributions go towards providing the essential equipment that our doctors carry to assist them in their life saving work.”

Dr Gray is currently the Emics chairman and was the founder of the original scheme in 1984, then known as Rutland Accident Care Scheme.

Dr Gray is a retired GP formerly with Oakham Medical Practice.

Doctors with the charities are all volunteers who are fully trained in trauma work and respond to calls to attend serious emergencies in support of staff from the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

They are equipped with a wide range of specialist equipment to perform life saving interventions at the scene of an incident such as industrial or road traffic accident or rail crash.

This equipment is funded by Emics and can range from a defibrillator costing £2000 to protective boots costing £80.

Although all the doctors work for Emics on a totally voluntary basis, the scheme, which is a registered charity, needs to continually raise funds to maintain existing equipment and purchase new specialist equipment to enable more doctors to be recruited. The charity receives no financial support from any Government source.

Anyone wishing to support Emics can do so by phoning on 07909 547 156 or by visiting www.emics.org.uk.