Category: Our Stories

LUCFR Responding Marathon

LUCFR will be taking part in a Sponsored Responding Marathon to raise funds for our voluntary scheme!

Between Friday 27th – Sunday 29th November, our volunteers will be on call back-to-back (00:00-23:59) for the entire weekend responding to 999 calls within Leicestershire. As a community first responder (CFR) scheme ran entirely by Leicester Universities staff and students, this is an incredible achievement!

Our scheme is funded entirely by donations from the community, and we are incredibly grateful for any contribution you can give. All money raised will help support the scheme in its ongoing running costs including the CFR response car and operational equipment.

Please support us by clicking here.

AF Blakemore & Son Ltd Community Grant

LUCFR have successfully been shortlisted as regional finalists for the AF Blakemore & Son Ltd community grants. Please vote for our scheme using the link below, to keep our staff and student volunteers on the road!


All shortlisted groups are guaranteed at least £375, however those with the most votes in each region can receive up to £1000.

LeicsCelebrate Shortlist

We are proud to announce that LUCFR have been shortlisted as Volunteering Project of the Year in Leicester Student Union’s LeicsCelebrate awards.

Thank you to everybody who nominated us, and please tune in on the 22nd of May to find out whether we have won!

For full details, see:

CFR Revision Quizzes

At LUCFR, we strongly believe in continual training for our volunteer responders. Whilst we already offer in-person monthly training sessions, we have decided to create an innovative method for our volunteers to revise core knowledge remotely.

Our new revision quizzes have been built on existing ambulance service guidelines, and aim to offer responders an opportunity to revise core knowledge at any time. In particular, we hope that this will be useful after periods of inactivity (e.g. around exams and holidays) or prior to annual requalifications.

There are several benefits to our new technology-based revision methods:

  • Revision materials can be remotely accessed using a wide variety of devices, increasing accessibility for our volunteers.
  • Quizzes can quickly be updated in-line with new guidelines, removing the chance of out-of-date revision materials being used.
  • We can actively monitor question performance. This will allow us to tailor in-person revision sessions to weaker areas, but also review and edit questions.

Quizzes can be accessed here.

Update: After a trial period, LUCFR have now made the decision to make our quizzes available to all East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) CFR groups. Scheme coordinators have been contacted with login details. We are currently limiting this to EMAS groups only as the quizzes are based on trust-specific guidelines.

Crowd Funding Success

Thank you to everybody who supported our latest Crowd Funding project. We successfully secured £510 from donors, with £500 matched by the University of Leicester through their LeicsGo scheme.

These funds will contribute to increasing our training equipment, allowing us to increase training opportunities across Leicester. Thank You!

#LUCFR 2020 Crowd Funding

LUCFR are excited to announce the launch of their 2020 Crowd Funder project, aiming to fundraise essential funds for our training equipment used for responder training and community engagement activities.

We have set an ambitious aim of £1000, which will allow us to purchase CPR mannequins and a training defibrillator. We believe that investing in training equipment will allow us to maintain excellent standards across our 999 responders, whilst also running sessions for our local community, teaching life saving skills.

During this Crowd Funder project, as a huge thank you for your generosity, we have secured some rewards which can be sent to you.

Crowd Funding Rewards:

  • Pledge £5 or more = Receive a cool pin badge to say that you are proud to support the LUCFR scheme!
  • Pledge £30 or more = Receive an awesome window sticker showing your support.
  • Pledge £50 or more = Receive a shiny new mug sporting our logo to show your support.
  • Pledge £150 or more = We will provide a 2 hour adult CPR awareness session for up to 6 people

Thank you for all of your continued support. A link to our donation page is below.

SIREN! – Big Fundraising Night for LUCFR

Located at basement, we’ll be having a massive UV party to raise money for our brilliant scheme.

Tickets include:

  • Entry to basement
  • Free entry to basement’s joy machine night after midnight
  • Free glow stick
  • UV paint (donation encouraged)
  • Access to all drinks offers

and can be bought from:

We’ll have plenty going on throughout the night, including beer pong and some of our very own University of Leicester DJs!

Can’t wait to see you all there!

A First Responder’s Story – Cardiac Arrest

Adam Hurt recalls his first call-out to a cardiac arrest as a community first responder within the #LUCFR scheme:

“It was my first shift, Aradyha’s second, we had been waiting for an hour for a call out. Suddenly the siren sounded from our phone, we had been called to an incident. We grabbed our bags and rushed to the car. We had been told it was a head trauma, priority purple, just down the road. Navigating the one-way systems of Leicester, while talking through how we should approach the patient, was tough. Adrenaline was flooding our bodies. We arrived outside the incident, where an ambulance had already arrived, but there was no space for us to park. I jumped out to join the ambulance crew, while Aradyha parked up. I walked in to see around 100 people crowding round the patient, who was lying on the ground, and two paramedics midway through chest compressions. I leapt to their side, introduced myself to the closest of the two and explained that I was a First Responder. I was met with relief and was asked to take over with the compressions on the chest.

I have practiced CPR on mannequins many times with other volunteer agencies, lifeguard training and at medical school, but this was the real thing and I felt a lot of pressure. This was a real person. A human-being, in need of help. Help that that I can provide. I placed my hands on the chest and commenced compressions. I was counting out loud up to 30, but the ‘teens seemed to pass so quickly…time wasn’t working properly. I stopped as the paramedic squeezed the bag of air to fill our patient’s lungs…twice…I continued with 30 more compressions on the chest. I felt some of his ribs crack. I had been told numerous times that this was perfectly normal, and even a sign that it’s being done properly, but it still unnerved me. I almost wanted to stop. But I remembered my training. I continued. A few cycles of more compressions and breaths later Aradyha arrived and took over from me; swapping over every few minutes.

After around 20 minutes, during which another ambulance crew arrived, we managed to get a pulse. We had got a return of a heart beat! The patient was quickly moved onto a stretcher and whisked off to hospital.

I don’t think I will ever forget this experience, and feel even more motivated to log onto a shift and await a call to respond.”