Belmayne buys vital equipment for first responders

Belmayne partners, Jon Stevens (third left) and Martin Birch (fifth left) with members of Dronfield Community First Responders and their new lifting chair.

A group of life-saving volunteers working in North East Derbyshire has received a huge boost to its operations, thanks to Dronfield-based independent financial planners, Belmayne.

The firm has donated £4,500 to Dronfield Community First Responders (DCFR), enabling them to purchase a crucial lifting chair.

DCFR volunteers are dispatched by East Midlands Ambulance Service to appropriate 999 calls. Currently, if they attend a patient who has fallen over, they are unable to pick them up and must wait for an ambulance, which can take several hours. With the new chair, they can help uninjured patients off the floor, freeing up paramedics and easing pressure on accident and emergency departments.

The group approached Belmayne after hearing about its work with local charities. Partner, Martin Birch, said: “The members of DCFR do an amazing job and have probably never been more in demand. When we learned they were fundraising for a lifting chair, we felt compelled to help. Hopefully our donation will prevent many elderly and infirm patients from suffering unnecessary discomfort and benefit families across the area.”

Belmayne supports small local organisations that focus on health and wellbeing and provide relief for those in need. Through its Belmayne Foundation, the firm raised £16,000 last year for its four nominated annual charities.

Neil Hayter, DCFR’s group co-ordinator, added: “All of our funding comes from public and corporate donations, so we are incredibly grateful to Belmayne’s partners for their generosity. The firm has enabled us to purchase the lifting chair much earlier than expected and we even have some money left over to begin equipping our new recruits with uniforms and PPE.”

DCFR was founded in 2005 and currently has nine first responders and eight new volunteers going through the training process. It covers the entire S18 area and can be despatched to Chesterfield, Eckington and South Sheffield. For further information about its work or to volunteer/donate, contact Neil Hayter by email:

Belmayne provides a wide range of financial planning services to the residents of Dronfield and surrounding areas. To find out more about its charitable work, telephone (01246) 298181, visit: or follow the firm on Twitter, @belmayneifa.

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