Much of the charity's income goes towards providing specialist training and equipment for each responder. Graeme has suggested a specific item of equipment called a Capnograph that the club's fundraising could target. It's a machine to monitor carbon dioxide levels - vital in a patient who is sedated - and the most suitable one for pre-hospital use (it needs to be much more portable, weatherproof and robust than the machines used in hospital), is approximately £2,000.
As in previous years we plan to hold an number of club fundraising events but in also welcome members' donations, proceeds from sponsored activities, etc. In addition, a proportion of the profits from our hosted races will be added to the money raised.
In essence it's a local set up of five or six doctors across Cheshire and Shropshire (two or three more are ready to go live when equipped - but there are two other established doctors backing me up for South Cheshire), who are unpaid and support the local ambulance services. We can be contacted by our automated pagers, or by crew or ambulance control request.
Support varies from a basic nearest responder role (often cardiac arrests) to advanced drugs and skills that go beyond standard paramedic protocols (my last job was reducing a dislocated ankle at an equine centre near Malpas - an emergency as the circulation was then restored and the patient woke up at scene with the painful injury treated) to cover at major incidents (I was at the riots in Manchester after the cup final involving Glasgow Rangers, and am on an on call rota for the region for major accidents and Paris type incidents).
In fact the new responder in Congleton's first incident was the woodmill fire at Bosley. I would previously have been called to incidents in that patch.
As a small scheme, donations make a real difference and can be pretty much ring fenced to match the donors to their local responder. Money is needed for blue lights and sirens for the cars, driver training, personal protective equipment and specific advanced training and drugs - even with their previous experience and training dealing with seriously ill and injured patients it probably costs £10,000/Dr to get started.
Although we are a small local charity, there is a national organisation (BASICS - the British Association for Immediate Care Schemes) that coordinates English and Welsh schemes' training and standards - and standards wise we are also inspected by the Care Quality Commission when they assess ambulance services.
(Scotland obtained independence in the immediate care world about ten years ago, as the more rural setting meant that they obtained government funding - which came into conflict with the lack of government or NHS funding across the rest of the UK).
In 2016, we donated £3,500 to CSI Basics.