Gnosall CFRs  


Lottery Grant Keeps CFR Wheels Turning


Members of Gnosall and District Community First Responder Scheme are over the moon this month after winning a lottery grant enabling them to purchase a new 4x4 vehicle.
Community First Responders (CFRs) are groups of volunteers that respond to emergencies on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service, prior to the arrival of an ambulance. These schemes help reach those people, suffering from medical emergencies, in the remote rural communities fast. In many illnesses or injuries the first few minutes are critical and simple interventions can be performed in order to save lives or prevent disability.
The scheme's brand new Ford Kuga 4X4 has now been kitted out with a state of the art satellite navigation system that is linked to the ambulance control room. This system allows emergency dispatchers to view the location of a vehicle in relation to an incident, ensuring that patients get the quickest response possible by tasking the nearest most appropriate vehicle to each incident.
Talking about the new addition to the team Craig Singleton, Chair of Gnosall and District Community First Responders said: "Our new responder car is now on the road and responding to emergencies."
The scheme has been able to buy the Ford Kuga 4X4 thanks to the help of a £10,000 Lottery grant from the BIG Lottery Awards, along with money raised throughout the local community.
Thanks to all these generous donations the scheme will now be able to get to medical emergencies in both torrential rain and snow. During the winter of 2011/12 West Midlands Ambulance Service asked for our support but due to the severe weather conditions and the car we had at the time, we couldn't always help.
This new vehicle was supplied by Bank Top Garage, who kindly gave the scheme a substantial discount. The garage, who has always supported the scheme, has also generously agreed to carry out any servicing required, helping us to continue to respond within the local community. The car has been kitted out as a rapid response vehicle by RSG in Cannock and the vehicle livery was supplied by Dolphin Signs, Newport. A massive £1,000 donation was also received by the scheme from Gnosall Lions and this donation went towards the Terrafix satellite navigation system.
"On behalf of the scheme I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their outstanding support."
The team which currently consists of nine active responders were last year called out to 239 emergencies, with the group attending over 1200 incidents since they began in 2006.

The group runs entirely on money generated by a dedicated team of fundraisers and this car is something that the group had been saving towards for a very long time. However, the fundraising doesn't stop there as the team need to continue to fund the running cost of both the car and the group.
Craig continued: "The fundraising certainly does not stop now. Money is now very low so we'd love to hear from anyone who wants to help with the fundraising or anyone who wants to volunteer - we're always on the lookout for new members."
For more information on the Gnosall scheme call Craig Singleton on 07792 506084 or visit


Some of team with new car


Terrafix screen


BIG Lottery Windfall for our group!!

The Gnosall and District Community First Responders will soon be able to get to medical emergencies in both torrential rain and snow thanks to a £10,000 lottery grant.

The National Lottery announced this week that it would be giving a donation to the group as part of its funding for the West Midlands region.

The money is to be used to purchase a brand new Ford Kuga which will enable the group to get to emergencies in bad weather conditions including flash floods and heavy snow.

Chairman of the group, Craig Singleton described the news as "fantastic" and said the money would potentially save lives in both Gnosall and surrounding areas.
He said: "As a group we are really excited about this grant and very grateful to all those at the lottery for it.”
"Last year the West Midlands Ambulance Service was asking for our support during the winter and, due to our car, we just couldn't always help.”
"The car we have is a Ford Focus which just couldn't cope when we had extreme weather. This grant has enabled us to buy a brand-new Ford Kuga which should be able to go out in all weathers. It’s fantastic news and will enable us to help more people."

Last year the Gnosall and District Community Responders were called out to 224 emergencies with the group attending over 1000 incidents since they began in 2006.
Craig added that the group runs entirely on money generated by a dedicated team of fundraisers and that now the coffers are running low.

He said: "The car we have just bought is something we have been putting money towards for a very long time. It actually retails at £26,000 but we have purchased it at a special price thanks to our local Ford dealer, Bank Top Garage.
"The car will need another £3,000 plus spent on it to kit it out properly while last year we spent £7,000 on running costs which includes uniform and fuel.

Anyone interested in becoming a responder will receive training from the West Midlands Ambulance Service.
For more information on the Gnosall scheme call Craig Singleton on 07792 506084.

Team celebrate Lottery grant

Gnosall Family Fun Day!


Gnosall Family Fun Day! Was held on Saturday 27th August at Gnosall Sports & Social Club, from 12 'till late. With lots of events

In aid of the Air Ambulance & First Responders (Gnosall and Newport)
RAF Helicopter Display, Birds of Prey
Ferret Racing Lotus 7’s and TVR display
Medieval re-enactment Senior Citizens Buggy Racing
PADS Dog Display Team Gun Dog Scurry
Fun Dog Show And Much, Much More!
Thanks to all those who attended an excellent day and evening and many thanks to Stephen Delaney for organising the event


Annual General Meeting 2011


Our AGM was held on Wednesday 20th July at 7:45pm in the St John HQ, behind the Grosvenor Centre, High Street, Gnosall. The Chairman, Craig Singleton, thanked all those who have contributed to the charity this year.

All post holders are continuing and were duly voted through.


Thank you for your kind and continued support.

G-Fest 9th-17th July 2011

Thanks to all those who came to see us on our stand at the G-Fest on Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th July in the Grosvenor Centre, it was good to meet some of our supporters. I hope you won one of our prizes.

Details of other parish events at Gnosall Parish Council.


Tractor Pull


Thanks to the organisers and supporters of the Tractor Pull Weekend at Gnosall Sports and Social Club. The event ran all day on Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th June with lots of fun for all the family and proceeds to local charities including Gnosall First Responders.


Steve's Escaped from Alcatraz


Steve Cartlidge has swam from the island of Alcatraz to San Francisco followed by an 18 mile bike ride and a 8 mile run. This is Steve's challenge for 2011 to raise money for Gnosall and District Community First Responders.


He Finished in 2hrs 50mins 39sec, which was 14th in his class and 361st overall out of over one thousand six hundred finishers. Well done Steve!!



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Mayor's Charity Donation


Gnosall and District Community First Responders were among 10 first responder groups in the borough of Stafford to receive a £1000 cheque from Councillor Jean Tabernor, former Mayor of Stafford borough.


The first responders were one of her designated charities during her mayoral year in 2009/10, the money was split between the first responders and The Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust, which received £12,000.

In total, she raised more than £29,000 during her year in office.

Chairman of Gnosall first responders, Craig Singleton said "We would like to thank Cllr Tabernor for her generous donation and for recognising the work that we do".

Although we are unpaid volunteers, community first responders rely on generous donations from the public and local business to buy equipment, uniforms, maintain and run our vehicle and pay for some types of training.

We are currently looking for more community minded volunteers to help us. As well as responders (who do not need any previous experience), we also need supporters who can help us organise fundraising events.

If you think that you can help call Craig Singleton on 07792 506084 or see our website at

Craig Singleton receiving cheque from Cllr Tabernor


Steve- is a Man of Steel


Steve Cartlidge, 51, has completed the Lanzarote’s Ironman Challenge in aid of Gnosall and District Community First Responders in and amazing time of 14hrs 35 mins.

The event, which was held on 22 May, saw Steve consecutively swim 3.8 kilometres, cycle 180 kilometres and finish by running the equivalent of a marathon – 42.2 kilometres.


John Percival, Chairman of Gnosall and District Community First Responders, said: “All financial support for the group is met through local fundraising events.

“The majority of life saving equipment as well as the responder vehicle has been bought with generous contributions. We are extremely grateful to Steve for committing to take on this challenge.”


The event comes less than a year after Steve raised more than £1,000 for the group after cycling the length of Britain.  

Last July he cycled the 1,042 mile trek from Lands End to John O’Groats in just 12 days – and without a back-up team.

Commenting on the adventure, Steve said: “I enjoy raising money for the local responders group which does a huge amount for the community.

“This challenge has be my greatest yet but the training I undertook before paid dividends, conditions where hot, but the most challenging part was cycling against strong winds.”


Community First Responders are groups of trained volunteers, dedicated to a specific area who, under the control of the ambulance service, are notified of medical emergencies in their area and agree to respond and provide emergency life support until the arrival of the ambulance service


Steve Cartlidge

Local school boy helps save lives

Eight year old Tom Rhodes was recently invited to take a tour of West Midlands Ambulance Services’ Staffordshire Headquarters to say thank you for his fundraising efforts raising £200 for his local CFR Scheme. The pupil from St Lawrence C.E. primary school toured the
Emergency operations centre on Monday 7th December. Ann Andrews, Vice - Chair of the Gnosall and District CFRs and Tom’s teacher said: “Tom first started to fundraise for the group about 18 months ago after members of the scheme attended to his little sister. Since then Tom has saved up all his 1p and 2p coins and very generously donated half of his birthday money to the group. Unfortunately, Tom broke his arm back in May and therefore couldn’t go ahead with plans for his birthday swimming party. Following this Tom decided that he wanted to donate half of the cost of the cancelled party to the group as well. Duncan Parsonage, WMAS Community Response Manager for South Staffordshire said: “I am extremely impressed with Tom’s fundraising efforts for the group. All donations are extremely helpful and really do contribute to helping to save lives within the local community.”

Duncan and Tom

Driver training now complete

All of the Gnosall responders have completed their course in "Safe Driving of Ambulances". The course is designed to train drivers to respond appropriately and safely to emergency calls including "Blue light" response. There is a mixture of classroom, home study and on the road training and assessment. All our drivers first completed an advance driving course with either the Institute of Advanced Motorists or RoSPA before they could start the Safe Driving of Ambulances" course. Driver must continue to maintain their competence by reassesment within 3 years.