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Center Parcs Sherwood Forest’s donation to Mansfield District Community First Responders helps fund vital defibrillator

Press Release   •   Oct 22, 2015 15:36 BST

On Thursday 22nd October, General Manager of Center Parcs Sherwood Forest Karen Henderson handed over a £500 donation to the Mansfield District Community First Responders to help them pay for essential kit for call outs.

The cause was first brought to the attention of Sherwood Forest by Jon Peters who works at the village as an Assistant Manager in our Subtropical Swimming Paradise and volunteers his own time to the Responders. The £500 donated by Center Parcs will help fund the Responders team buying another defibrillator which will be used as an essential part of kit to help save lives out in the field.

Jon Peters, Community First Responder said:

“Donations like this make such a big difference as we are entirely self-funded. Each member needs a kit with a defibrillator so that hand in hand with our experience and training, we can go out in the local community and save lives. We are the first team on the scene of many 999 calls in the area, before the ambulance, so the pressure is really on to ensure we give that person the best chance. Donations like this are appreciated so much by us and will certainly make a difference in the local area.”

Karen Henderson, Center Parcs Sherwood Forest General Manager said:

“What this team do is simply amazing and I’m so pleased that Jon brought this cause to our attention. They not only benefit the local community by offering this service but they work so hard to ensure the emergency services have the support they need. Helping the local community is absolutely vital so we are happy to have been able to help this team in some way.”

Mansfield Community First Responders are members of the community who volunteer to respond to emergency calls through the 999 system in conjunction with the East Midlands Ambulance Service and NHS Trust. Community First Responders provide care to patients in their local area before the arrival of an ambulance or paramedic including cases of choking, diabetic problems, stroke, fitting, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, paediatric, falls, trauma and heart attacks. The service receives more than 35 calls each week but is entirely self-funded.

The system is closely monitored by the Ambulance Service and Community First Responders team leaders to ensure that the best medical assistance available at the time of the emergency is provided to the patient.

Notes to Editors

  1. Center Parcs has five Villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire which opened to guests on 6 June 2014
  2. As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%
  3. Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes over 2 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
  4. The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of high quality accommodation, shops, restaurants and exceptional leisure facilities, carefully nestled amongst 400 acres of protected forest environment
  5. This concept originated in Holland in 1967, with the first UK Center Parcs opening in 1987. Center Parcs is now a separate entity in the UK
  6. Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
  7. Center Parcs has recently been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row