A COACH company has chosen to back a life-saving charity as it travels across the miles.
Johnsons Coaches has chosen Arrive Alive as its charity of the year and will be raising funds for the vehicles and equipment needed for volunteers to attend to emergencies.
The charity provides vehicles and equipment for Community First Responder (CFR) groups to attend medical emergencies across Solihull, Birmingham, Alcester, Dudley, Walsall, Cannock, Droitwich, Pershore, Evesham and North Warwickshire.
Each vehicle is allocated to an area by West Midlands Ambulance Service who dispatch the CFRs at the same time as an ambulance to help those in need.
John Johnson commercial director at Johnsons Coaches, said: “The current challenges being faced by the NHS and the emergency services, make supporting this charity even more important.
“Their equipment and vehicles are not funded by the government, NHS or ambulance service, so we will do our best, through the support of our generous customers and staff to raise as much as we can for them in 2023, so that they can continue to expand and develop their valuable and essential services.”
An Arrive Alive vehicle can reach a 999 medical emergency in those vital seconds/minutes prior to a road or air ambulance due to being directly based within the heart of the community.
All of the vehicles are on the same radio network as a standard road or air ambulance to receive the details of the medical emergency, following a 999 call.
Debbie Roscoe from Arrive Alive said: “To be partnered with Johnsons Coaches during 2023 is incredible, the news has been very unexpected as Arrive Alive is only a small charity with a mighty mission of saving lives within communities.
“Upon meeting the Johnsons Coaches team and seeing how enthusiastic they all are about the work Arrive Alive does is wonderful.”