The Fordingbridge Bowling Club nominated the Fordingbridge Community Responders as their charity of the month and have subsequently raised over £300 for the group.

Chris Martin, Club President, said “A lot of us from the club, myself included, have had the responders come to our aid. We were amazed to find out that they are financially self-supported, so we felt it was important we recognised their work as unsung heroes of our community.”

The donation has funded the purchase of blood oxygen monitoring equipment for use with children.

The co-ordinator for Fordingbridge Community Responders, Andrew Carr said, “Our scheme is funded entirely by local people within our community who recognise and support the work we do to help people suffering from life-threatening emergencies. We’re really grateful for the donation from the club, which has helped us invest in new equipment.”

Community First Responders are unpaid volunteers who give their time freely to help save lives in their community. They are trained by South Central Ambulance Service in basic life support, the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and the treatment and control of a wide range of potentially life threatening conditions.

To make a donation to the Fordingbridge Community Responders, learn more about the role, or volunteer, call 07879 496 629. If you live elsewhere in Hampshire, visit, email, or call 0800 587 0207.