Keyingham Community Heroes help Hull City kick-off the new season

KEYINGHAM COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS have been awarded the accolade of Hull City AFC’s Community Heroes.

The Keyingham Community First Responders are the first Community Heroes of the new season and were among the supporters at the Tigers’ opening match against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday 18th August 2012.

The Responders were awarded the accolade of Community Heroes thanks to their efforts to help save lives. The trained volunteers respond to Category A life-threatening emergency calls within a three-mile radius of Keyingham. The Responders deal with medical emergencies including cardiac arrests, heart attacks, seizures and strokes, stabilising patients and increasing their chance of recovery.

The Keyingham Community First Respondents were nominated as Community Heroes by the former co-ordinator of the group, Barney Cornwell. The group attended the Tigers’ first home game of the season with tickets courtesy of the club’s East Stand sponsor Neil Hudgell Solicitors.

Not satisfied with serving their own community, the Responders have raised funds to extend the project to neighbouring villages, and are passionate about developing things further. Community First Responders operate across Yorkshire and train their members in life-saving skills.

Most of the volunteers in the Keyingham Community First Responders work shifts on a rota alongside their full-time jobs, ensuring the service is covered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Yorkshire Ambulance Service recently awarded the Keyingham group the Best Performing Group in the Yorkshire area.

Duncan Kirk (pictured centre above), the present Co-ordinator of the Keyingham Community First Respondents said: “The team is grateful to be given the Community Heroes award and to be acknowledged for the work that they do. They put in an enormous amount of effort every week, often working through the night. We were grateful to be presented with tickets to the Tigers’ first game of the season and enjoyed watching it together on Saturday.”

Neil Hudgell, Managing Director of Neil Hudgell Solicitors, said: “The Keyingham Community First Respondents deserve to be recognised for their admirable efforts to assist the Yorkshire Ambulance Service when responding to life-threatening callouts. We are proud to name them the first Community Heroes of the new season.”

A Community Hero is an individual nominated by their friends, colleagues or family for the good work and contribution they make to their local community.

To nominate a Community Hero – someone who makes a real difference to others’ lives at home, at school or in the wider community – and give them the chance of receiving tickets for a Hull City AFC home game, please send details via email to or by post to Neil Hudgell Solicitors, 530 Holderness Road, Hull, HU9 3DT.

Nominations are open from now until the end of the season. Please state the name of the person nominated and the reasons why along with a contact telephone number.

Photo: Les Gibbon, Hull News


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