Volunteer of the Year 2016 winner - Martin Spruce
Community First Responder Seahouses, Martin Spruce is 64 and lives in
Bamburgh. Self-employed as an electrician, Martin makes himself available every hour of every day to respond to patients when needed in his local area.
Whatever his circumstances when the calls come, Martin downs tools and goes to help save a life, with the support of his many customers.
If that wasn’t enough, in the last six years of responding, Martin has also raised money for seven defibrillators for his area that can be called upon when someone’s life is in danger. And knowing what a difference good CPR can make in those early minutes to a patient’s survival, he also trains people in life saving skills at events on behalf of NEAS.
When asked why he does it, in his words, he explains, “I love doing it. I care about people and the appreciation you get is tremendous. When I walk in they are frantic but when they see me, it’s the relief of having someone there.
"It’s down to us to do what we can until the ambulance arrives. I comfort people and I do my best. It’s not always easy, especially when I’m doing CPR on someone I know, but then the family come back to me and tell me what it means to them.
"I did CPR on one lady for an hour and shocked her four times and she was talking to her daughter that night. When you’re able to do that, it’s really special.”
Martin is very enthusiastic and a committed Community First Responder who believes in what he does for his community and for the trust and volunteers his time and skills to make a difference, day in, day out.