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Dignity first responder honoured

A Dignity funeral manager in the West Country has received a First Responder award on behalf of his group, thanks to their work in the community.

Paul Barrington-Heaven, a Funeral Manager for Dignity owned branches in Taunton, Somerset has been highly commended by Ken Wenman, Chief Executive of South Western Ambulance service NHS Foundation Trust, and awarded a county award for a group, which has shown outstanding commitment to their community.

Paul is the Team Leader of the Wiveliscombe Community First Responder group, which currently consists of nine committed and dedicated volunteers. The group has been responding to emergencies in their local community for more than 16 years, helping to support patients in their time of need.

As well as responding to emergencies, the group also helps to support the provision, fundraising and awareness of new Community Public Access Defibrillators in the town.

Always willing to be involved and to provide the best possible service to the patients in their community, the group has taken part in the recent Lifting Equipment Pilot, which is proving enormously effective in patient’s treatment options.

Paul Barrington-Heaven said: “Patient care, compassion and a team ethos encompass the spirit of the group and the responders demonstrate this on a daily basis. They provide a vital link in response to patients and this group award couldn’t be more deserved.”

PHOTO: Paul receiving his award from Adrian Healey, Community Responder Officer for Somerset & Bristol.

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