Shelley rewarded after Giving Extra

Shelley Grant
Shelley Grant

First responder Shelley Grant gives up an incredible 100 hours a week to help save lives - and now she has received a special award for her kindness.

Shelley, from Boston, is one of 67 local winners across the UK who received the Halifax Giving Extra Award for her work with Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service 

Besides her work as a primary school teaching assistant, she has undergone hours of training and qualifications to ensure that she can be called out to any emergencies in her local area which could include falls, road traffic incidents, acute illnesses or accidents and cardiac arrests.

She is also the co-ordinator for her local LIVES group and raised more than £2,700 last year to help fund equipment and volunteer training.

She was nominated by Dave Burlingham, a fellow volunteer.

Shelley said: “My dad was my hero and inspired me to volunteer from an early age. He always gave so much of his time to other people and I grew up in a culture of people giving extra in their community.

“I’m completely blown away 
that Dave nominated me for this award as he is 
also a volunteer first responder.

“I really don’t feel that I deserve the award any more than any of the other 700 LIVES volunteers, and feel that this is for all of them too.

“I do hope this helps to inspire others in Lincolnshire to make a difference, maybe by becoming responders themselves.”

Naomi Woodward, community ambassador for Halifax bank in Lincolnshire, said: “Halifax received thousands of nominations nationwide, so we’re delighted Shelley has won a Halifax Giving Extra Award in Lincolnshire.

“The work she has done for the community is outstanding and truly deserves the recognition.”