Lifesavers aim to raise £7,000 to pay for new car

DONATION Hayling Island First Responders are presented with the new vehicle at Daron Ford Hayling Island.   Picture: Allan Hutchings (110423-263)
DONATION Hayling Island First Responders are presented with the new vehicle at Daron Ford Hayling Island. Picture: Allan Hutchings (110423-263)
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A NIGHT of dancing, singing and eating is planned to help pay for a new car for a lifesaving charity.

Bands in the Barn is held each year at Manor Farm, in Hayling Island, with the aim of having plenty of fun while raising cash for local good causes. The organisers raised £7,000 at last year’s event for Hayling Island Community Responders.

Members spent an additional £7,000 from the charity’s reserves to buy a new Ford Focus Estate – and have vowed to raise enough at this year’s event to pay the money back in.

The Community Responders are a group of 20 volunteers on the island who take it in turns to attend incidents on the island when emergency first aid is needed.

The keys to the new car, from Daron Ford, were handed to the community responders on Saturday.

Dave Clark, who co-ordinates the group, said of the event’s organisers: ‘We are simply delighted with all they have done for us.

‘They helped us out quite a few years ago with a donation of about £3,000 and more recently they found out we needed a new car and they said they wanted to help.

‘They have been really supportive.

‘A lot of people dig in to help because it takes a lot of hard work to clear out the farm and make way for the bars and stages so we really appreciate it.

‘We are run entirely on donations, we don’t get any help from the government or South Central Ambulance Service. Any new equipment we need we pay for ourselves out of the money we’ve raised. Since we started, just over 10 years ago, we’ve been called out to 10,000 incidents.’

Daron Ford, in Rails Lane, have put the livery on the car and have offered to maintain it for free.

Ian Miles, an organiser of Bands in the Barn, said: ‘We’re really happy to continue our relationship with the community responders.

‘The charity does excellent work on the island and they have a lot of local support.’

This year’s event will be held on June 18. Tickets cost £21 and include barbecue food, a dessert and four bands. Tickets will be on sale from Hayling Island Community Centre from April 1.

To donate call 07876 597194 or go to hicr.co.uk