Lifesaving event held at Starston, near Harleston

The first responders session at Starston

The first responders session at Starston - Credit: Archant

Dozens of people have learnt lifesaving skills at a south Norfolk village.

The you could save a life event was held at Starston Jubilee Hall, near Harleston, which was organised by Waveney Community First Responders (CFR).

About 20 people attended and they were taught life-saving skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use a defibrillator.

Shaun Button, co-ordinator, said the event went 'really well' and the CFR group was set for a fundraising boost for later in the year.

'We were very encouraged with how many children came and asked lots of questions and wanted to have a go at CPR on the manikins.

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'The event had a major high for us when the owner of the Wortwell Bell pub kindly announced that we are the chosen charity of 2016,' he said.

The pub, near Harleston, holds a monthly charity quiz and already has two beer, barbecue and music festivals planned for this year, which the CFR group will benefit from.

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Community first responders volunteer to save lives where they live or work and often can reach a patient before the arrival of an ambulance crew or rapid response vehicle. The Waveney group covers Harleston, Fressingfield, Metfield and surrounding villages.

For more information about becoming a CFR, visit

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