South Western Ambulance Charity

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Registered address
c/o SWASFT,Abbey Court
Eagle Way,Exeter, Devon
EX2 7HY

Phone
0300 3690108

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Charity number
1049230

Donor stories

October 2017: Michelle and Loron Stokes

The evening of 22nd September 2016 will forever remain in Michelle Stokes’ memory when her husband Loron fell seriously ill and an ambulance was called.     

South Western Ambulance Service crew members, Stephen Tomkinson and Lisa Goodwin arrived and attended to Loron. As a non-smoking, young and healthy man, initially the cause was inconclusive however, as Loron was unable to use one side of his body a stroke was suspected.

After carrying out initial observations and understanding Loron’s medical history, which included episodes of migraines, the SWASFT crew undertook to get him to A&E as soon as possible.  Michelle remembers being impressed with the team’s ability to manoeuvre six foot tall Loron onto the stretcher and into the ambulance.

Whilst Loron was being treated in the back of the ambulance by Stephen, Michelle was kept calm in the front cab by Lisa who drove them to the hospital.

Following a scan at the hospital it was confirmed that Loron had suffered a stroke. Michelle recalls: “We were so appreciative of all of the services available at the time and the fact that the crew got us to hospital ASAP aided his recovery as he needed to have the meds injected within 4 hours of his stroke.”

Loron was treated in the hospital and Michelle remembers that the ambulance crew popped in to give their best wishes for his recovery. She adds: “Loron recovered brilliantly and I cannot say enough good things about all of the care we were given.  I truly am so, so grateful!”

On behalf of the South Western Ambulance Service Charity we would like to take this opportunity to thank Michelle and Loron for setting up a regular donation in appreciation of the team at the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.  Gifted money such as this will be used to support our charitable programmes including:

  • Supporting our volunteer Community First Responders who provide lifesaving emergency aid ahead of ambulance arrival
  • Supporting our communities through placing, maintaining and training members of the public in regards to defibrillators
  • Supporting our staff and volunteers through the Staying Well Service which provides access to sources of help and support with their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

September 2017: Robert Hale

In the morning of the 28th August 2017, Robert Hale was embarking on an 800 mile cycle from his Evesham home to Switzerland.  Robert’s journey would take him to London and onto Dover, taking the Ferry over to Northern France and then to Switzerland to meet his son, just south of Zurich, where they would run a half marathon. 

However, not 10 miles from home, the trailer Robert was towing behind his bike carrying all of his equipment for the epic journey, started to swing.  Although Robert tried to correct it, he was unable to regain control and was thrown from the bike, landing unconscious at the side of the road.

Fortunately a driver passing the incident when it happened recognised Robert and was able to contact his niece and call 999 for an ambulance. 

First on the scene was Fire Co-Responder Samuel Stanley, who was able to provide first aid whilst the dispatched ambulance was en route. 

Robert regained consciousness and was attended to by SWASFT staff Charlotte Brown and Emily Sharples who subsequently took him to the local A&E department: 

“I am very grateful for the friendly and effective help I received.  I compliment them on their professionalism and competence. I was kept talking, occupied and relaxed during the journey, conversing on a subject of hopefully mutual interest.”

Robert was treated in A&E and although he suffered a head wound and bruising was fortunate that there were no broken bones.

Proving himself to be a real champion, Robert recovered enough to take the planned trip to Switzerland (by plane rather than bike) and participate in the half marathon with his son, running an amazing 2 hours 14 minutes, although Robert feels that this was a disappointing time!

On behalf of the South Western Ambulance Service Charity we would like to take this opportunity to thank Robert for his kind donation in appreciation of the team at the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.  Gifted money such as this will be used to support our charitable programmes including;  

  • Supporting our volunteer Community First Responders who provide lifesaving emergency aid ahead of ambulance arrival
  • Supporting our communities through placing, maintaining and training members of the public in regards to defibrillators.
  • Supporting our staff and volunteers through the Staying Well Service which provides access to sources of help and support with their physical and mental health and wellbeing

Robert is an active supporter of parkrun UK, which organises free, weekly, 5km and 2km junior timed runs in pleasant parkland surrounds across the UK.  People of every ability are encouraged to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience.  All are welcome.  To find out more visit: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/.

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