Oxford United host Bolton Wanderers in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday, and we are pleased to welcome the South Central Ambulance Charity to the game who will be providing CPR training to the Yellow Army ahead of kick-off.
Positioned outside the South Stand from 12pm, supporters of all ages are invited to visit the South Central Ambulance Charity who are looking forward to delivering CPR training to prepare supporters with the skills needed if someone has a cardiac arrest.
The charity will also be accompanied by their education ambulance and a DRV response vehicle for supporters to explore and 999 Ted, their big fluffy mascot, for our young U’s to have pictures with. There will also be an option to donate to support their critical services in Oxfordshire and beyond.
At the Wycombe game back in October, Season Ticket holder Tony Durbin had a cardiac arrest, highlighting how it is forever critical for people to be knowledgeable about how to save someone’s life. We’re all so pleased to see Tony on the mend and in good health, and that’s all down to the first responders who came to Tony’s aid in a matter of minutes.
Tickets can be purchased for the game in one of three ways:
- Calling the Ticket Office: 01865 337533
- Visiting the Ticket Office in person at the Kassam Stadium
South Central Ambulance Charity is a charitable arm of South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, funded entirely by voluntary donations from the public.
As well as responding to category 1 emergencies, their volunteers are key in supporting elderly and vulnerable people, responding to non-injury falls and concerns for welfare. This can be vital in preventing further health complications and avoid the need to be admitted to hospital and stand down a double manned ambulance to attend a more serious emergency.
The charity currently has around 600 Community First Responders (CFRs) across the four counties – Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire. 103 of these CFRs are in Oxfordshire.
It costs £2,000 to fully train and equip a new CFR and around £350 a year to maintain the equipment for each of them. The Charity also funds the vehicles and uniforms for their volunteers. Each year they need to raise £400,000 to maintain all our services.
For more information on the South Central Ambulance Charity, visit their website at scascharity.org.uk.