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Left to right: George Foskett (BHRA Committee); David Haslam (BHRA Chairman); Will Curtis (MD, Biggin Hill Airport Ltd); Gordon Harris (BHRA Treasurer); Brian Wingate (BHRA Committee & Airport Consultative Committee rep)

A cheque for £5,000 was presented by airport MD Will Curtis to the Biggin Hill Residents Association this week, a donation that is made annually by the airport company aimed at providing benefit for the local community.

Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Residents Association and after thanking Will Curtis for the gift, Chairman David Haslam said that the forward plan for this year will be to augment the excellent work of NHS First Responders who are trained to handle life-threatening emergencies such as a heart attack or a serious medical disablement.

“Last year, we were able to fund special equipment for the NHS pack used by First Responders in ensuring a comprehensive life-saving service for the village. With this new help, we shall acquire state-of-the-art defibrillators, the vital item used by First Responders as a life-saver” he said.

David Haslam further explained that defibrillators are to be positioned at St Mark’s Church on Main Road, at the WI Hall in Lebanon Gardens and at the Darwin Leisure Centre. 

Volunteer First Responders are trained by NHS professionals for the emergency tasks that they are expected to undertake.   The actions of a trained volunteer during the ‘Golden Hour’ can make a very real difference to the outcome.  These volunteers can carry out essential life-saving work ahead of the arrival of the ambulance.