The Trust aims to empower local communities to make a difference. One of the ways in which GBCT supports this is through the provision of emergency aid. George had a passion for this, he was an active St John Ambulance volunteer and also worked for St John as the lead manager for the Lord Mayor of London’s AED Project.
GBCT’s latest grant is to Ulverston Inshore Rescue in Cumbria. A grant of £3000 has been made to support the purchase of a new off-road vehicle to launch the lifeboat. The service was set up in 2002 following tragic deaths in Morecombe Bay and the service’s original vehicle is in need of replacement. The new vehicle will double as an ambulance and enable the team to launch their boat over a larger area, helping to mitigate a recent reduction in Coastguard provision in the area, and improve the chances of survival for those who get into difficulty in the Bay.
GBCT also continues to support the provision of Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs). Having successfully supported the installation of CPADs in the North Yorkshire villages of Brompton-by-Sawdon and Snainton in 2015, George’s home village of Englefield Green in Surrey is the latest recipient of a GBCT grant to support the installation of a CPAD. A grant has been made to the Coopers Hill Recreational Trust to install a CPAD at their pavilion, to be available for use by sports teams using their busy facilities and by the local community.
The Trustees look forward to being able to share pictures of both projects very soon.