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Penkridge life-saver and guide leader receives civic award for her contribution to the community

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 13, 2014


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A PENKRIDGE student who dedicates her time to saving lives, running a girl guiding group and training to be a nurse has won an award.

Rebecca Farmer, 21, from Marsh Lane, was presented with a young person’s civic award at Penkridge Parish Council last week.

Rebecca is studying adult nursing at Wolverhampton University, but in her spare time she volunteers as a community first responder for Penkridge CFRs, meaning she is often on call and ready to respond to emergencies.

CFRs are used in rural areas as they live nearby and can get to emergencies to provide vital help in the few minutes before paramedics arrive.

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And she is also a Penkridge Girl Guides leader.

Rebecca said: “I had no clue I was going to get an award so I was shocked about it.

“It is nice to be appreciated though and it really is brilliant for the community first responders.”

Penkridge Parish Council chairman Sandra Chambers said: “Over the past year Rebecca has successfully juggled full university studies with significant community contribution.

“She responds to 999 calls as a community first responder and has now agreed to be a charity trustee of the Penkridge CFRs, where she is secretary and supports the team in raising funds.”

The Penkridge CFRs have responded to up to 1,600 999 calls in the last five years.

The group will host a fifth birthday celebration on August 23, from 1-4pm at the Haling Dene Centre.

Leigh Rogers, from the group, said: “It will be a garden party with entertainment, including cream teas and a barber shop quartet.”

Admission is £2, with tickets available in advance from Dixons in the village.

Thomas Porter, 14, from the village was also presented with a civic award.

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