Life-saving team mark 3000th call

sp92641 Red Cross, Matlock Volunteers. L-R, Steve Smythe, Terry Gregory, Rebekah Goodall,  Sue Thompson, Carol Gregory, Adele Gregory, Andrew Stewart, Helen Vine, Pauline Jenkinson.
sp92641 Red Cross, Matlock Volunteers. L-R, Steve Smythe, Terry Gregory, Rebekah Goodall, Sue Thompson, Carol Gregory, Adele Gregory, Andrew Stewart, Helen Vine, Pauline Jenkinson.

A DEDICATED team of volunteers has marked its 3000th call-out to give life-saving treatment.

Seven responders for the British Red Cross in Matlock are on call all year round, ready to offer first aid treatment before paramedics arrive on the scene.

Terry Gregory, 64, from Matlock has been a first responder alongside his wife Carol and daughter Nikki since the partnership with EMAS began in 2000.

He said: “As a family we’ve attended hundreds of call-outs, but it’s a real team effort and a pleasure to work with such dedicated people both in the Red Cross and at EMAS.”

This month Terry attended a call-out to help a 78-year-old Gordon Smythe from Darley Dale, who was suffering from a mini stroke.

Gordon’s son, Steve Smythe, 49, who by co-incidence has been a maintenance worker at the Red Cross’s office at Matlock Green for the past three years, was delighted when Terry arrived on the scene just minutes after he called 999.

He said: “When Terry arrived it was a big relief.

“He was able to perform some medical checks, keep an eye on him and reassure us until the ambulance arrived; thankfully he’s doing fine now. I can’t praise the whole team and the help Terry gave my father enough, especially considering the fact that they do it all in their own time.”

Other members of the first responder team are Gavin Cantrill, Anne Cunningham, Josh Smithhurst and Adele Gregory. EMAS technician from Matlock, Stephen Holt, also helps during busy periods.

During the 11 year partnership with EMAS they have helped with a range of emergencies including breathing difficulties, chest pains, cardiac arrests, strokes, collapses and diabetic emergencies.

Helen Vine, Red Cross ambulance support manager said: “We’re incredibly proud of our first responders in Matlock, who are one of the busiest teams of Red Cross volunteers in the East Midlands.

“Their help can be critical in increasing someone’s chances of survival and the commitment they show in wanting to help people in their local community is amazing.”

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Helen Vine on 01629 593333 or hvine@redcross.org.uk.