Leicester University Community First Responders

by LeicesterUniversityCFRs in Leicester, England, United Kingdom

Leicester University Community First Responders
We did it
On 4th April 2018 we successfully raised £4,155 with 37 supporters in 21 days

When someone dials 999, every second counts. #LUCFR are a group of students volunteering in the community to help save lives! #999volunteer

by LeicesterUniversityCFRs in Leicester, England, United Kingdom

What is the Leicester University Community First Responder Scheme (#LUCFR)?

#LUCFR is a brand-new volunteer scheme within the Leicester city area, which has been started to reduce the time taken for life-saving treatment to be initiated for local people suffering from medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, convulsions and unconsciousness. The 32 volunteers of the scheme are all students of the University of Leicester and De Montfort University, who are trained to respond to 999 calls on behalf of East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust.


What is a Community First Responder (CFR)?

A community first responder is a volunteer who gives up their spare time to respond to 999 calls for the ambulance service, in addition to a traditional ambulance being dispatched. As community first responders are ordinary people within the local community, they are often much closer to incidents when the initial 999 calls are made, therefore reducing the time taken for life-saving treatment to begin.

What are we fundraising for?

As a new scheme, we have a number of purchases that we need to make in order to allow our scheme to become fully operational. We have been fortunate enough to have secured support for our largest commitment, a scheme lease car. The scheme car is vital for students to be get around the city to reach the patients in greatest need, whilst supporting us to overcome the many parking restrictions around residential areas. Aside from the lease car the scheme requires a number of other vital items to ensure it can operate to its full potential over the coming years. Such items include:

Response Kit x2 (approx. £2,400 each) = £4,800

Each response kit will include the bag, oxygen cylinder, automated external defibrillator, suction unit and a range of other consumables.

Uniform Polo Shirt x32 (approx. £20 each) = £640

The polo shits will be short sleeve to comply with infection control requirements, but also ensure that should they become contaminated with bodily fluids they can be replaced if necessary. The embroidery on the polo shirts will ensure that they can be quickly identified by members of the public when they are attending to incidents, as well as displaying their name to strengthen patient interactions


Uniform Soft-Shell Jackets x6 (approx. £40 each) = £240

As you can appreciate with the recent spell of ice cold weather in the UK it is important that we can keep our responders warm, as they may be responding to patients outside. The soft shell jackets will also be embroidered with the scheme logo and community first responder to ensure they can be easily identified. As these are not cheap individual items, we are proposing to have a range of sizes that can be shared amongst those students on duty at one time (2 x small, 2 x medium, 2 x large).

High-Visibility Coats x6 (approx. £70 each) = £420

To ensure the safety of our students when out and about, we require high visibility jackets to ensure they can be easily seen during the night. As these are not cheap individual items, we are proposing to have a range of sizes that can be shared amongst those on duty at one time (2 x small, 2 x medium, 2 x large).

CPR Training Mannequin = approx. £1700

Our scheme hopes to get out and about in the community to deliver resuscitation awareness sessions, to enable everyone the opportunity to learn how to perform high quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Members of the public are often scared to perform CPR out of fear of causing more harm, however this training device will allow the community to practice the skills required to perform CPR, as well as providing real time feedback about the quality of their efforts. Delivering high quality CPR is essential to providing the best possible outcomes for patients.


What do we hope to give back to the community?

As well as responding to emergency 999 calls on behalf of EMAS, we also hope to be able to host community engagement events with members of the local community, to help train them in life-saving skills such basic life support. We hope to encourage participation from people of all ages, to ensure that as many people within our community are able to help one another during their greatest times of need.


What will you get from supporting our local charity?

We understand that our financial target is a substantial amount of money, however the scheme has one primary focus and that is, supporting our community. Not only will the scheme help people during their greatest time of need; as this also a student led initiative it will also help build confidence and leadership skills for our students throughout their studies, that will be vital in their future careers following graduation. By supporting our cause you should take great pride in the fact that you truly are helping to change the lives of so many people, from all walks of life.

Student Testimonials

Stephanie Rees (fourth year medical student):

"The few minutes before an ambulance arrives can be vital for survival. As a Community first Responder not only may you be the first person on scene, but you need to provide reassurance to the patient and family too, during the most difficult time in someone's life. As most of us are medical students, we have prior training that we can use, but also the exposure and experience gained is invaluable; assessing a patient quickly, thinking on your feet, and taking a concise history. It's a fantastic scheme, and at a time where the health service is under great pressure, we will surely be used!"

Adam Baker (first year pharmacy student): 

"Due to the extensive pressures on the NHS and ambulance service in general, there are high levels of demand for ambulances and medically trained staff to attend incidents, especially in the Leicester city area due to the large population size. For me, anything that I can do to help ease this pressure and be there for patients is of great benefit; even if it just means that I've helped save one person's life. Being a community first responder facilitates this. We are given training by  East Midlands Ambulance Service in addition to knowledge from our medical related degrees to be first on scene at incidents to provide the initial life-saving treatment that patients so desperately need, however being independently financed, we need all the support from the public that we can get to make sure we can continue to provide this life-saving service."


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

Social Media Thank You

As a thank you for your donation, we will let the public know that you have supported us via out social media platforms

£50 or more

Donation Certificate

In addition to a shout out on our public social media platforms, a member of our committee will send you a certificate that you can display, to say thank you for your donation

£100 or more

Supporting Donor List

In addition to the rewards for the £20 & £50 donation, you can also have your name added to our #LUCFR website as a welcomed donor to our local scheme for the financial year you have supported us.

£200 or more

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60-90 Minute CPR Awareness Session

Are you a member of a business, sports team, community group or other society interested in raising your awareness about basic life support? If so, then in return for a donation of £200, #LUCFR will offer to provide a 60-90 minute CPR awareness session to a group of up to 15 people. The session would be hosted in Leicester city, by active responders from the scheme.

£1,000 or more

Platinum Donor

In addition to the other rewards available, if you are able to pledge such a large amount of money to our scheme we would like to make sure that everyone knows how grateful we are. We will list you as a platinum sponsor on our website and include your company logo as a link (if you wish), for the financial year in which you supported us

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