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Family's £600 for Crowthorne Community First Responder Scheme

Crowthorne resident Kathy Woodage and her family have generously donated £600 to South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust's (SCAS) Crowthorne Community First Responder Scheme.

Kathy, son Craig and daughter Claire donated the money from a collection held at the funeral of Kathy's husband, local grocer Malcolm James Woodage who sadly passed away aged 64 years on 4 September 2012.

SCAS has around 1600 volunteer Community First Responders (CFR), all trained in basic life-saving skills to provide early and often vital intervention for patients experiencing life-threatening medical emergencies in the immediate vicinity of where they live or work whilst an ambulance is en route.

Malcolm James Woodage worked in the family business SJ Woodage Grocers in Crowthorne from 1962 until 1994. Malcolm Worked here serving the village trading as SJ Woodage and Sons then as Londis.

Community First Responders from the Crowthorne Scheme were first on scene to Malcolm twice when he was unwell in August 2012 and began treating him while an ambulance resource was en route on both occasions.

Kathy Woodage said:

'Crowthorne Community First Responders have attended my husband on several occasions and my young grandson once. On each occasion they provided excellent care while an ambulance resource was en route. Hopefully the donation will be of help to them in ensuring that they continue to provide a valuable service to the local community.'

Crowthorne Community First Responder Sarah Holling said:

'We are extremely grateful to Kathy and her children for their generous donation. We have recently recruited 3 additional responders to the Crowthorne Scheme and will use the money to buy kit and towards the purchase of a second automatic defibrillator for use in the local community.'                

 If you know anyone who may be interested in volunteering as a CFR please ask them to telephone 0800 587 0207 or email

Published 4 January 2013

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