Saying thanks to life-savers

Jill Maddison is organising a fundraiser in Knott End for Community First Responders after her life was saved by neigbour Pete Blundell, also a CFR.
Jill Maddison is organising a fundraiser in Knott End for Community First Responders after her life was saved by neigbour Pete Blundell, also a CFR.
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Jill Maddison knows first-hand how valuable the Community First Responder team is.

The 47-year-old collapsed at her Knott End home, in June, after suffering a heart attack.

And it was thanks to the quick-thinking actions of her heroic neighbour, her life was saved.

Peter Blundell had recently qualified as a volunteer community first responder (CFR) for the North West Ambulance Service, and after being alerted to the incident, rushed across the road, to put his training into practice.

As The Gazette reported in 
August, Peter was able to provide vital basic life-support, while waiting for the paramedics for Jill, who was then taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and has made a full recovery.

Now, to show her gratitude for the way she was helped, Jill has organised a special fundraising event, in aid of the First Responders.

The charity night will take place on November 6, starting at 7pm, at Knott End Working Men’s Club.

There will be entertainment, refreshments, a quiz, auction, tombola and a raffle – with prizes including football club memorabilia from Manchester United and City, Fleetwood Town, and donations from local businesses.

First responders and representatives from the ambulance service will be attending, to talk to people about CFR training, their role and give some demonstrations.

Jill said: “It will be a family-oriented event, with something for everyone, including face-painting for children.

“People have been very generous with donating prizes. I just really wanted to do something to help raise money for, and raise the profile of, the First Responders.

“It’s amazing what they do. I’m just trying to put something back, it’s my way of saying thank you.

“I don’t know how anyone could ever say a big enough thank you for what they did for me.

“But I am hoping this event will also raise awareness of the First Responders, so more people realise what great work they do, and perhaps might even consider supporting them or joining them.”