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Suffolk Freemasons contribute £8,000 towards new vehicle for Community First Responders

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Hadleigh Volunteer Community First Responder Group was one of the first to be formed in Suffolk in 2003, it was a collaboration between the East Anglian Ambulance Service and St. John Ambulance

The thriving Hadleigh CFR group purchased its first small dedicated vehicle that enabled the members to respond without the need to use their own private cars. That car, which became a familiar sight in the area, saw action on well over a thousand call outs, providing a timely response to 999 calls in the town and surrounding villages.

Inevitably, the constant short journeys and sometimes rough terrain of country lanes and tracks took their toll and funding was sought for a replacement. Having seen an appeal for funding for a new vehicle on social media, a local Freemason contacted Rick Orme, Provincial Charity Steward, who was very pleased to arrange a donation which was then match funded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Freemasons' Charity.

Hadleigh First Responders expressed their thanks to Suffolk Freemasons, Hadleigh Town Council, Raydon and Layham Parish Councils, the 41 Club and many local individuals for their generosity. The vehicle was sign-written and fully badged up by local garage Ainger Holbrows Ltd. and they will be sponsoring the vehicle in the coming years, thus ensuring that it is always ready to go swiftly to the aid of those in need around Hadleigh and surrounding villages.