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Support for our Community First Responders

£2,000 awarded to Selsey Community First Responders for replacement PAD parts.


£2,000 from the sixth round of our Community Grant Funding Scheme will go towards purchasing more suitable housings for public access defibrillators (PADS).

Photo credit: Nigel Allfrey, First Responder

Since 2001, the Selsey First Responders who are a group of volunteers trained by the South Since East Coast Ambulance Trust (SECAmb) to respond to 999 calls, have been providing lifesaving emergency treatment within Selsey.

Early defibrillation, in the event of a cardiac arrest greatly increases the patients chances of survival and sometimes during the busy summer months it can be hard for the Emergency Services to reach those on the peninsula, so the role of the Community First Responder (CFR) becomes all the more vital, as does the 13 public access defibrillators (PADS) located across the area.

“The PADS are housed in metal cabinets, not ideal in a seaside resort, so revolutionary new outdoor waterproof public access defibrillator cabinets, manufactured from polycarbonate (the same material used for police riot shields) will provide a fully water and dust tight solution.

There is no government or NHS funding for your voluntary responders so we were absolutely delighted to learn our grant application had been successful.”

Gary Sharp, Chair, Selsey Community First Responders.


The Ferry Farm community solar farm is located just north of the town of Selsey in West Sussex and straddles the parishes of Selsey and Sidlesham, which are the community it serves.

Created in 2016, our 5 megawatt community solar farm is made up of around 19,000 solar panels which, to date, have generated 5,400,000 kilowatt hours of electricity from the sun. That is enough to power the equivalent of 1,300 homes every year!

Surplus income generated by the solar farm, after operating and finance costs and reserves, is used to support Ferry Farm Community Solar’s community purpose and since 2016 we have provided over £100,000 of funding to support community projects.

We expect to generate at least £2million over the solar farm’s 30 year operating life to support local community initiatives.


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