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Coventry Community Responders to collect donations at Coventry City's match against Chesterfield

27 December 2014

CCR have enjoyed a surge in interest on social media since teaming up with Coventry City Football Club...

Coventry Community Responders (CCR) could soon be celebrating a new signing on the back of teaming up with Coventry City.

The charity, which was established in 2009 by two serving police officers, attends 999 calls on behalf of the West Midlands Ambulance service, and provide potentially life-saving treatment until the nearest available ambulance arrives.

CCR is made up of fully-trained volunteers and has been the football club’s partner charity since August, providing medical support on matchdays and joining forces with the Sky Blues on its fundraising efforts.

The charity has experienced a surge in interest via social media and was even approached by a potential new recruit at the very first match its volunteers attended.

CCR will also be collecting donations at Coventry City’s upcoming match against Chesterfield at the Ricoh Arena on December 28.

Gary Edwards, communications officer for the charity, said: “Since being in partnership with Coventry City our social media following has increased and a lot more people seem to know who we are.

“Because we are assisting the club with medical support on matchdays, people come and ask about us and at our first match we even had someone apply to become one of our volunteers.

“It is really important for us that we increase awareness of what we do because our prime goal is to train responders for the areas of the city we don’t not have much cover in, such as the east and north east.

“The collections from the CCFC Superstore and on matchdays, like the one we will be doing at the Chesterfield match, raise funds for us to train more volunteers and run our responder car.

“We have around 25 volunteers now, having recently put five through our training and have six or seven more who have recently applied.”

Friends and family of the CCR volunteers will also be on hand to bolster the charity’s fundraising efforts at the Ricoh Arena on December 28.

Mark Hornby, Coventry City’s head of marketing, said: “We are delighted to see that our partnership with CCR is already having a positive impact.

“The work that CCR does is so important and often goes unnoticed, so it is fantastic that we are able to assist the charity in spreading the word about what they do.

“As a community football club we have a responsibility to engage with the community in Coventry, and the wider Warwickshire area, and see this partnership as a key element of that.”

For more information about CCR you can follow them on Twitter via @Covresponders or email Gary Edwards on GaryEdwards500@gmail.com.

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