Learning how to save lives

The presentation of the Quiz Night £1000 cheque took place on Monday 26th November and included a demonstration by Sally Monnery from  Caterham First Responders  showing members of the Satellite group the latest techniques in Cardiopulmonary resuscitation Allison John-Pandya, the Caterham Rotary Satellite Lead for this event said “We are a very small group in our infancy so we are very pleased that we have been able to raise money for our local First Responders from an event which was such fun and really brought the community together.” If you would like to receive information about Caterham Rotary Satellite events, please email us at caterhamrotary2@gmail.com stating that you wish to receive updates.

The Winners of the Quiz trophy Hazel and the Nuts!

The Soper Hall Caterham was buzzing one Friday night recently  as several local quiz teams, including “Let’s get Quizical” and “The Oxymorons”, gathered together at the Caterham Rotary Satellite’s first ever Quiz Night in aid of Caterham First Responders. Sally Monnery from the First Responders also participated in running the event, making it very much a joint venture and enabling her to explain more about the organisation directly to the quizzers.  She said “We are Community First Responders, trained by the NHS Ambulance Service, and work as volunteers to support the Ambulance Service. Our training is free, but we have to purchase our own kit bags, defibrillators and uniforms. The £1000 raised is a valuable contribution because to equip a Community Responder costs £1,700!” The teams were put through their paces with subjects ranging from current affairs to Super Heroes!  Then came the practical challenge with teams being tasked to build the tallest structure out of nothing but spaghetti, blue tack and rubber bands.  The room was filled with laughter, particularly from those teams who had barely started when time was up and the “Lip Licking Lovelies” who tried to get away with raising their structure’s height by lifting the table! “Avengers Assemble” were undoubtedly the winners with a tower twice as tall as their nearest rival but they did have a physics student and teacher in the team! They may have been there to do battle but it was “Hazel and the Nuts” who took the coveted Quiz winners trophy and a medal for each team member to mark their success.  They were consistently high scorers throughout the 8 rounds, particularly strong in the 80s music round, and had a well thought out strategy, knowing exactly when to play their joker.   A cheque presentation took place on Monday 26th November and included a demonstration by Sally Monnery showing members of the Satellite group the latest techniques in Cardiopulmonary resuscitation Allison John-Pandya, the Caterham Rotary Satellite Lead for this event said “We are a very small group in our infancy so we are very pleased that we have been able to raise money for our local First Responders from an event which was such fun and really brought the community together.” If you would like to receive information about Caterham Rotary Satellite events, please email us at caterhamrotary2@gmail.com stating that you wish to receive updates.
Rocket support for the Air Ambulance for Kent Surrey & Sussex Following a successful evening of Rock provided by local band Randy and the Rockets a few months ago 3 members of the recently established Satellite Group of Cater ham Rotary visited the Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex at their new facilities at Redhill Aerodrome to present the charity with a cheque for £2000. They were given a tour of all the facilities by paramedic Ben Macauley  which included the new AW169 helicopter which flies faster, further and for longer and enables the medical team to reach, treat and deliver critically ill and injured patients to hospital even faster than before. Although it is similar in size to the existing aircraft externally, the AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, allowing for delivery of more life-saving interventions, and offering the potential to carry out those interventions inside the aircraft rather than outside in all weather conditions – which can only be better for patients. Current chair of the Rotary group Glen O’Dwyer commented: “It’s great for this new, dynamic Rotary group to be able to contribute to such a great cause. As working people, we often find it hard to find time to give back to the community, but this new group allows everyone to get involved, and for local charities and good causes to benefit Dora Szekfi CommunityFund Raising Officer at the charity thanked the Rotary group saying “We are incredibly grateful to Caterham Rotary Satellite Group for raising such a fantastic amount of money for our charity. It is always great to see the community coming together to support our work. When you think that £2,000 could buy aircraft fuel for 20 potentially life-saving missions, it really does show what a difference these funds will make.” The Satellite group meet every month in the evening and have been established in order to appeal to working men and women and who want to get involved in supporting local and international community needs. To find out more about this new exciting Rotary development please email caterhamrotary2@gmail.com or call  Glen on  01883 336633  during the day or 07785 538056. Photo features Paramedic Ben Macauley explaining the workings of the new Air Ambulance.