Former Mayor of St Edmundsbury and Haverhill councillor, Margaret Marks, raised £10,000 for Suffolk Accident Rescue Service
Emergency medical charity, Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS), has received £10,000 thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the outgoing Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Cllr Margaret Marks.
Clinicians, trustees and volunteers from SARS received a cheque last week from Cllr Marks, who represents Haverhill West on both West Suffolk and Haverhill Town councils and who raised the sum during her 2018-19 mayoral term.
SARS provides a network of volunteer doctors and paramedics who give advanced support to the ambulance service at the scenes of serious trauma incidents or life-threatening medical emergencies, in and around Suffolk.
SARS respond to more than 300 calls each year and the charity’s clinicans give their time without cost to the patient, ambulance service or taxpayer.
Cllr Marks became aware of SARS around 15 years ago when she worked as a Community First Responder, encountering its volunteers in the middle of the night when treating patients.
She said: “Advanced emergency treatment, whether at home, in the workplace or at the roadside, can have a really positive impact on clinical outcomes, as well as shortening recovery times.
"This, in turn, benefits the wider community of friends and family. I know for sure that, if I were laying by the roadside critically injured, these guys would help to give me a chance of survival.
"They are an awesome group of people and I am proud to support them.”
In addition to SARS, Cllr Marks nominated Gatehouse of Bury St Edmunds as a beneficiary of the money she raised in her year as mayor.
“Raising money was a team effort, and I would like to pay tribute to my PA, Ruth Pasterla, and to the many and varied organisations who generously supported my fundraising events.
"These included Haverhill Golf Club, CASA, The Apex, Valley Connections, Mike and Judy Spenser-Morris, Clive Morris, the Voice Squad and, of course, all those individuals who attended events and were so supportive.”
The money raised for SARS will go towards the costs of training and equipping new and existing volunteer clinicians.
SARS Operations Manager, Ben Hall, commented: “This is an amazing sum and we are truly grateful to Margaret for her outstanding efforts over the last year.
"Not only has she raised an incredible amount of money that will help fund some vital pieces of kit, she also succeeded in raising the profile of SARS, which will benefit our charity in the longer-term. We are truly grateful.”