Cyclists help LIVES save lives

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A LIFE saving charity received a helping hand from some charitable cyclists who recently raised more than a thousand pounds cycling from Lincoln to Skegness.

First responders from two branches of Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES) along with several supporters, made the 41 mile journey on Sunday, August 7.

Funds raised will help LIVES continue their vital work responding to emergency call-outs and treating casualties before an ambulance arrives at the scene.

Mayor of Skegness Coun Steve Kirk showed his support for the fundraisers when he greeted them upon their arrival at Church Farm Village’s annual garden party.

Writing in his blog, Coun Kirk said: “We are now all aware of how crucial the first few minutes are for a patient and this is why the volunteers at Lives are so important.

“Needless to say that despite the volunteers giving their time freely this rapid response still costs money to run and needs to be paid for.”

Due to Lincolnshire’s size and rural nature, ambulances can take longer to respond to emergencies than elsewhere in the country.

LIVES aims to assist the emergency services by attending local call-outs in under six minutes to provide immediate treatment until the ambulance arrives.

l To make a donation to LIVES contact its head office in Horncastle on 01507 525999.