Boston LIVES responder: “Helping out is hectic...and rewarding”

45th anniversary of the charity, pictured in Wyberton are responders (front L-R) Kristin Kenworthy, Paul Male and Steve Lindesy. Back L-R) Judith Richmond, James Louth, Sean Lindley and Nik Nystrom-White
45th anniversary of the charity, pictured in Wyberton are responders (front L-R) Kristin Kenworthy, Paul Male and Steve Lindesy. Back L-R) Judith Richmond, James Louth, Sean Lindley and Nik Nystrom-White

Helping others is what it’s all about for one LIVES volunteer.

Steve Lindley, 26, of Wyberton, has been a member of LIVES for four years, but when he’s not responding first to incidents he’s also a firefighter alongside his day job at Peeson’s Packaging.

He said: “I wanted to be a PCSO, but that was something you had to commit a lot more time to, LIVES wasn’t, it was a ‘do it when you have got time’ role.

“I wanted to do something that was part of the community.”

“I also wanted to play with the defibrillator,” he joked.

When Mr Lindley first joined, he underwent a programme of training to bring him up to a level one, which is basic health and safety for responding to non-999 calls. He then moved on to level two which is officially a responder.

The training is topped up by a monthly session in Boston.

Mr Lindley said his life as a responder is busy.

He said: “It’s been hectic, I have had much on and a lot of work, but it’s been good and I enjoy it.”

As well as responding, Mr Lindley is involved with the training, public relations and events for the Boston area.

There is plenty of support for responders to ensure they are not too affected by the work they do and to help them in their role.

Mr Lindley said: “I remember my first cardiac arrest – it was a friend’s mother. As a responder you go out into the local area so you tend to know a lot of people that you go to.

“It was a full-blown cardiac arrest and when I got on scene the ambulance was already there so I assisted them doing CPR.

“I didn’t sleep that night, but central rang me and asked me how it was - if I had wanted more support I could have rung up as soon as I finished the job, before I left. They ring after all call-outs and talk to me for about 15 minutes.

“That night got me with it, it got me with LIVES.”

He said when things go right, it feels good, when he knows he’s helped someone.

He said, however, it can be hard if it doesn’t go the way you planned.

“When I get home I’ll probably think, could I have done this, could I have done that.

“When we have group meetings we have discussions and it helps because they can suggest what I could have done so that next time I might try something different.”

He said that group members also meet outside of the official meetings as well and will talk there – with members having different levels of experience sharing with each other.

There are six responders in Boston, two in Kirton and five in Fishtoft.

They range from the age of 18 into the 40s, although a former member was in his 60s.

How to help the charity in the work they do...

There are plenty of ways to help LIVES in the work that they do from volunteering, to helping organise fundraising events and talks.

LIVES volunteers are split into three categories:

○ First Responders (trained members of the public working within a community Group).

○ Medics (doctors, nurses, paramedics and technicians).

○ Helpers (non-operational volunteers organising events such as fundraisers).

For those who don’t feel they can volunteer for whatever reason, there are other ways to help.

Friends of the charity are sent a badge and car sticker to show their support and printed newsletters to keep them up-to-date with the organisations latest news.

Support can also be given by raising money for LIVES. These supporters receive a fundraising pack for your sponsored activity.

Companies can also sponsor LIVES financially or operationally.

The organisation said donations are always gratefully received.

Boston responder Stephen Lindley said the local group is looking to purchase a gazebo for use in events they hold in the area.

This would save having to travel to the central base to collect one.

All the volunteers are supported by staff at LIVES HQ and by First Responder Development Officers (FRDOs), who are located around the county.

Those interested in helping or for more information about LIVES can visit www.lives.org.uk, call 01507 525999 or email info@lives.org.uk