Medical charity celebrates 45 years of service

Dr Michael Cooper - co-founder of LIVES. EMN-150126-172904001
Dr Michael Cooper - co-founder of LIVES. EMN-150126-172904001

A life-saving Lincolnshire charity is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2015, hosting a series of fundraising and awareness campaigns throughout the year.

Founded in 1970 by Nettleham-based Dr Michael Cooper and Tetford-based Dr Richard Harper-Smith, LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service) has become an essential part of Lincolnshire emergency care.

The charity works to provide vital help in the first few minutes before an ambulance crew arrive.

It gives a county-wide service and relies on volunteer responders and medics to be ‘on call’ to offer assistance.

Stephen Hyde, fundraising manager at LIVES, said: “We are so excited to be celebrating our 45th anniversary and all we have achieved in those 45 years. During the year we will be trying to raise the awareness of LIVES and the important work we do – the charity is a result of 45 years of hard work and brings communities in Lincolnshire together to make a difference.

“Dr Michael Cooper and Dr Richard Harper-Smith were both amazing men, who worked tirelessly to start LIVES and provide Lincolnshire with an invaluable medical service. Today, LIVES is still based on the same hard-working principles – our medics and first responders are at the heart of what we do.”

During 2014, LIVES medics and first responders used life-saving defibrillators 191 times - securing a return of circulation on 90 occasions.

“Over the course of our 45th anniversary we will be working to encourage communities to invest in their own defibrillators we are hoping to encourage at least 45 schools, 45 businesses and 45 rural villages to purchase defibrillators,” added Stephen.

LIVES will be announcing a number of fundraising events in 2015 across Lincolnshire - aiming to bring together the community, raise awareness and also raise funds.

2015 will include a LIVES anniversary ball in September, where Lincolnshire people will be invited to support the work of LIVES medics and first responders, coming together to celebrate the hard work of the charity and all of its volunteers.

In order to join in with LIVES 45th anniversary celebrations and keep up-to-date with its work, visit www.lives.org.uk and look out for the charity’s Twitter hashtag #LIVES45.