Posted on May 23, 2014 in Latest News


South Northants Community First Responder (CFR) Scheme co-ordinator Andy Simpson was a deserving winner of the Paul Richard Basford Award for Volunteers.

Andy has really developed the scheme since taking the reins in 2012. In less than 15 months he transformed the group into a larger, more organised, cohesive team. His fundraising and approach has given the group a more stable financial position to operate from, and enabled the provision of new equipment.

Andy organises and delivers talks and practical demonstrations to organisations and councils, and recently made local news when he saved the life of a pensioner who went into cardiac arrest.

He manages rotas, responds to queries and chairs meetings – all this, and he still manages to balance the demands of running his own IT company and having a young family!

Andy said: “I feel very honoured and privileged. It is brilliant that CFRs have been recognised as part of EMAS’ awards ceremony and it was great to be there.”

This award is sponsored by the family of Paul Basford, who was tragically killed in a road accident in 2001.

His family and friends have fundraised in his memory for many years, raising over £10,000. Some of that money has been spent on buying life-saving defibrillators for EMAS.

It was great that Paul’s mum Janette was able to attend the event to present the award to Andy (pictured).