During these unprecedented times LEMR has continued to provide support to EMAS as it has for the last 22 years. From the first National Lockdown back in March to the current situation of a second national lockdown our volunteers have continued to respond to the population of Lincolnshire.
Made up from serving and ex-serving members of the armed forces our current volunteers come from several Lincolnshire stations including; RAF Cranwell, RAF Coningbsy, RAF Digby, RAF Waddington, RAF Wittering and a reservist from RAM Cattached to 3 Royal Anglian Regiment.
In the 12 months leading up to beginning of September we have attended over 750 calls, travelled 18,000 miles and volunteered in excess of 3000 clinical man hours.
On top of this we have attended 7 weekend training days run by EMAS, ensuring our responders are current and up to date with EMAS policy and procedures.
At the peak of the first wave, in April alone, the hours volunteered increased by almost 99% on normal months with the number of calls attended jumping by 52%. Our volunteers have met the challenges head on and remain steadfast in our support to EMAS, the NHS and the people of Lincolnshire.
Unfortunately,due to the restrictions caused by COVID 19 we have been unable to attend any in-store fundraisers this year. As a charity we rely on donations to ensure we can continue to provide the service we do. We have had to move our fundraising to social media with links on our website LEMR.co.uk and the use of amazon smile and the Lincoln Lotto.
During the summer we rolled out a new website and ran a competition for schoolchildren to send us in their NHS rainbow drawings. The 4 winning drawings by Roisin Baker, Tullulah Hemgingway, Rosie Griffiths and Oliver Rudkin have now been added to our workhorse 6347. We were shortlisted for the Volunteer Team of the Year and received a Highly Commended award at the East Midlands Charity awards.
I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the friends and families ofour scheme members, without who’s support our responders would not be able to maintain the output we do. In addition to their full-time military duties, our volunteers dedicate their personal time to give back to their communities. We must also recognise the RAF and Army for their support to our scheme and responders.
Over the coming weeks we will use our social media to introduce you to our responders, putting faces to the volunteers, feel free to respond if you recognise any of our volunteers, maybe you’ve seen them on the road or they’ve assisted you at some point this year.
Thank you for you continued support and stay safe. Remembering‘Hands, Face, Space’.
Matt Bailey, LEMR Ops Manager