Skelton Parish

Skelton First Responders

Community first responders are an intrinsic part of the North West Ambulance service. They are volunteers trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives.

Responders work as part of a team. They are on call and are dispatched when a life threatening situation is reported. Volunteers can often arrive at an emergency scene in minutes as they are sent to calls in their local area. Their role is to assess the immediate situation, offer help where appropriate and find out relevant information about previous medical conditions.

Responders carry oxygen and automatic defibrillators and have been trained to deal with life threatening conditions such as cardiac arrest; when any delay in restarting the heart will reduce the chance of a successful outcome.

Skelton first responders started training in 2011 and became active in June 2012. We already have a number of volunteers trained and a few more wishing to undergo training. We have 5 fully trained volunteers. We also have a group of volunteers that help with administration and fundraising.

Through the generosity and support of the local community we have already been able to purchase vital lifesaving kit to partly equip the responders, but more is needed. Details of fundraising activity is displayed locally and in the parish magazine, please come along and support us when-ever you can.

We have received a grant from Cumbria County Council for £1000 from the Eden Local Committee Local Members Scheme (Neighbourhood Forum) together with £1000 from Councillor Albert Richardson. This money has enabled us to purchase 2 defibrillators for the group.

Thanks also go to Skelton Methodist, who allow us to use Skelton Chapel for our training nights and committee meetings.

Our AGM this year was held on Friday 7th March 2014.
The committee is – Heather Beedie, Rachel Bennett, David Bird, Margaret Horn, Sheila Magee, Pauline Piper and Anne Provancha.

Future Events

2nd July 2016- Skelton Area Community First Responders have a stand at Skelton show, again, this year. Please come along and show us your support.
Becoming a Community First Responder
Come along and speak to us at our stand at Skelton Show if you are interested in becoming a first responder or apply on the NWAS website

Fundraising goes directly to supply first responders with the equipment they require to carry out their role. We hope to equip each responder with an NWAS approved equipment bag, supplies for the bag and an automated external defibrillator. Each responder is also supplied with maps of the local area and a high viz jacket. In the near future we hope to be able to supply them with and NWAS approved communication system.
Approximate costs
Bag £200
Bag contents £170
Defibrilator £750
Defibrilator bag £50.

First Responder Bag and Defibrilator

Save time
Because it’s so vital for emergency services to reach the casualty without delay we are appealing to everyone to make sure their house name is clearly displayed. In addition it’s a good idea for everyone to register their address with the ambulance service. This is particularly important if you live in a remote or hard to find location. Log onto and follow the simple instructions.

Save a life
You may have seen the public access defibrillator, located on the wall of the Dog and Gun pub in Skelton. Should the need arise for it to be used (lets hope we never need to use it) the security code for the box will be given during the 999 call to the ambulance service. If you would like to know more about using a defibrillator look out for “Heart Start” courses which are being run locally contact the British Heart Foundation. Please see the contact details below if you would like to arrange a free session. N.B participants should be aged 10+.

If you want any further information or are interested in becoming a responder or helping out with fundraising please contact Rachel Bennett on 017684 84103 at


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