Two voluntary Community First Responders for the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been recognised for a decade of “outstanding” service during which they have provided medical help at over 2,000 local incidents.

Hannah Greenwood and Mary Hardiman, both from West Huntspill, are retired nursing sisters who have given many hours of their time to perform vital work in supporting the ambulance service across our area.

The pair, both aged 72, are retiring from their roles this month and their work has been recognised at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust’s (SWASFT) annual awards ceremony.

At a ceremony in Swindon, they were presented with 10-year long service awards for their “outstanding commitment”, and they also received a group award for the best Emergency First Responders in Somerset.

Hannah told “We have worked with some lovely people over the ten years and have enjoyed the vast majority of the time. It has been a busy ten years in which have attended in excess of 2,000 ambulance calls.”

“We will miss it, but the medical kit that we have to take to incidents seems to feel heavier every time we get a call-out, even though it’s the same kit. Now is the right time to retire!”


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