Emergency family fun day out

Kids of all ages will have the opportunity of  seeing a huge selection on blue light vehicles on Saturday.
Kids of all ages will have the opportunity of seeing a huge selection on blue light vehicles on Saturday.

It’s guaranteed to be a great day out for kids of all ages - big ones included, as emergency service vehicles converge on Howwood next Saturday, July 16.

This is the inaugural of what is hoped will become an annual event in the local fundraising calendar.

The fun day, being hosted by the Bowfield Hotel Country Club in Howwood from 11am to 4pm has been set up as a partnership fundraising initiative for Neilston and Uplawmoor First Responders.

They are a self-funding volunteer group in partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service that relies on the generosity of the local community to raise funds.

A Community First Responder is a member of the public who volunteers to help their community by responding to medical emergencies while the ambulance is on its way. These groups were set up by the Scottish Ambulance Service, mainly in rural areas where it can take longer for an ambulance to reach an incident.

Community First Responders are trained in a wide range of emergency skills, and use specialised equipment such as automatic external defibrillators. They provide early intervention in situations such as a heart attack before the ambulance arrives.

Saturday’s fundraiser is therefore vital to the group.

Ross Nelson, joint coordinator said: “This is our very first Emergency Services Fun Day and we are excited to work alongside the Bowfield Hotel who have kindly arranged a Bouncy Castle, Face Painting and a BBQ. We are expecting this to become an annual event.”

Stuart McLellan, Joint Co-Ordinator said, “We are so pleased that so many services have agreed to attend. In addition we will have Save a Life Scotland attending who will be promoting By-Stander CPR.”

Confirmed services include: ambulance service including Special Operations division; Save a Life Scotland; fire service; fire heritage vehicles; coastguard; police service; air cadets; TA Hawkhead Road; SCAA – Scotlands Charity Air Ambulance; British Red Cross; St Andrews First Aid; Guide Dog Association including puppies and Cats Protection.

Cyle Neilston’s Pedalwise team will provide FREE Dr Bike, which includes a Health Check on your bike and basic adjustments and repairs.