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Hugh Grant visits Staffordshire first responders

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 02, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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STAFFORDSHIRE'S community first responders are welcoming actor Hugh Grant today.

The film star was unveiling Burntwood and District community first responders' new vehicle in front of an invited audience at lunchtime.

His visit was arranged by Paul Dadge, chairman of the Staffordshire scheme and a governor of the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Mr Dadge, who lives in Hixon, near Stafford, hit the headlines as one of the good Samaritans giving first aid after the London tube bombings in 2005.

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He has since become a first responder for the ambulance service, as well as running his own IT business, based in Cannock.

He met Hugh Grant when they were both giving evidence to the Levison inquiry into press intrusion, after having their phones hacked.

"We became quite friendly and Hugh was really interested in my work as a community first responder," Mr Dadge said.

"We are delighted to welcome him to Staffordshire for this vehicle launch.

"The more publicity we can get the better, because the only funding we get is for our radios - everything else relies on donations from the public."

He said the Skoda Scout vehicle being unveiled by Hugh Grant today had cost a total of £24,000 to buy and kit out with medical equipment, with half the money coming from National Lottery funding. It is one of the first response vehicles to be equipped with solar panels on the roof to help keep the electrical equipment on board fully charged.

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