Volunteer Spotlight - Derek Windybank

Posted: February 26, 2019

Name of the organisation you volunteer for?

West Leicestershire Community First Responders Group.

How did you find out about the organisation?

From advertisement in the Market Bosworth Graphic

How long have you been involved?

I’ve been an ambulance responder for about thirteen years.

What attracted you to the role?

I was a member of the St. Johns Ambulance Service many years ago on joining Leicester City Ambulance Service in the mid nineteen sixties, and have carried on being a first aider at work during my working life, on retiring I felt the role of responder would enable me to give back to the wonderful community I’ve lived in for many years.

What do you enjoy about the role?

The fulfilment of seeing the patients improvement both physical and mental state while waiting for ambulance back up, and hopefully taking some of the mental pressure off the families.

What difference has volunteering made to your life?

It has over the years given me fulfilment in being out in the community either on call, giving talks about our roll in the community or getting feedback from patients and their families. My practical skills have had a massive up lift and I still have not stopped learning something new most days. It’s been wonderful meeting and working alongside some fantastic people over the last few years and I feel honoured to have meet them. Over all it has enhanced my life and hopefully I have given something back to those I have met and will meet in the future.

Has it led to anything else?

It’s led me being able to pass on life skills that I have learned over many years, and I hope that those I’ve meet and talked to will carry on giving support to many others that they meet.

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