Volunteer profile – Sue, Supporters Group Member

Name: Sue, NEWSAR Supporter

How long have you been a supporter?

Probably as long as my husband Gerald has been a member of the team, 13 years. There wasn’t a supporters group then but family members can’t help but be involved in some way.

What do you enjoy about volunteering?

Meeting people, working with other supporters and team members and helping out at events. I am also the collection box coordinator.

How do you feel you have made a difference to NEWSAR?

I hope that my input as a supporter reduces the fund raising load on Team Members.

Anything else you want to say?

Two things I have learnt and pass on to family and friends are;

  • if you have an accident and if you are somewhere where you can’t be carried by a 2 person ambulance crew then do not dial 999 and ask for an ambulance or there might be a delay getting you out, you need to ask for Police and then Mountain Rescue and they will help.
  • Don’t use What 3 Words for giving a reference for your location, OS locate is a better tool.

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Volunteer profile, Pat – NEWSAR Supporters Group member

Name: Pat, NEWSAR Supporter

How long have you been in the team?

I joined as a Supporter approximately 10 years ago, when the team invited potential supporters to attend a meeting at base.

What made you volunteer?

I am part of some walking groups who have needed assistance from MR, including a rescue of a friend with heart problems and decided to repay the debt.

What do you enjoy about volunteering?

I enjoy the friendship, attending country fairs, etc. and feeling that I am doing something worthwhile.

Anything else you want to say?

I hope I have helped to take some of the strain off the team members by helping to man the stall, manning the kitchen, rattling a bucket etc.

Editors note: Pat is a fantastic supporter who has been with us for so many years. She has been out in all weathers on street collections and made countless cups of tea for fell runners etc. We couldn’t function without support like this. See the link for how you can Support NEWSAR.

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2021/06/volunteer-profile-pat-newsar-supporters-group-member/

CALLOUT: Injured person near Brynteg

At 11am today we were called by Welsh Ambulance Service to assist with a patient with a lower leg injury near Brynteg, Wrexham. One of our own team members was there in his “day job” as a paramedic, which meant we had grid references for the casualty location and the meeting point, plus an evacuation route, all worked out before the rest of us got there!

Team members packaged the casualty on our wheeled stretcher which then made the walk out to the road straightforward.

It’s not exactly “mountains” but you never know where our skills and equipment might prove useful for easier evacuations. #muchmorethanmountains

Get well soon.

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2021/06/callout-injured-person-near-brynteg/

Volunteer profile – Josh O’Brien

Editors note: This picture sums up Josh, it is the middle of the night at the end of a long search and he’s still smiling!

 

Name: Josh O’Brien

How long have you been in the team?

Four years

What you do outside NEWSAR (work and other hobbies)? Has this been transferred into NEWSAR?

I work as a technical rescue instructor delivering safety and rescue training to emergency response teams. Hobbies include fell running, climbing, kayaking and skiing.
Given my skill set I help with the training in the team and can lead technical rescues in water and on cliffs.

What have you learned while being a member?

“Hurry up & Wait”. Probably still learning this one.
Plenty of casualty care!
Every team member has some knowledge to impart.

Worst and best aspects of being in the team.

Best aspects:
I learn something new almost every time I attend training or a callout.
Being able to provide a response to the community.
The humour.
Worst aspects:
Middle of the night callouts.
Driving a long way to a callout and just as you arrive hearing the “stand down” alarm!

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2021/06/volunteer-profile-josh-obrien/

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