TWO volunteer first aiders are better equipped to save lives thanks to Shirley Tangent Club.
The charity raised £1,200 to buy an automated external defibrillator, used to restart the heart after cardiac arrest, for new FastAid Community First Responders Richard Jay and Mike Mansell.
The two Shirley men will help West Midlands Ambulance Service by attending 999 calls in Solihull.
When they’re not saving lives, Richard, aged 34, works at B Braun Medical as UK manager, while Mike, aged 27, is a civil servant.
Richard said: “As FastAid is funded entirely from charitable donations, Tangent directly paid for the life saving kit we are now using for which Mike and I are extremely grateful.”
Sam Jackson, FastAid CFR Coordinator, said: “Whilst CFRs have the clinical skills needed to help save a life, raising money for the equipment we need is a daunting task so we’re really grateful to Shirley Tangent for their generous support.”
Hilary Mears, Shirley Tangent Club Chair, said: “We are pleased to have helped these two CFRs as they make their life saving skills available to the people of Shirley and the borough.”