Bury St Edmunds Round Table has donated funds to help buy new equipment for emergency medical charity SARS.
The money, raised from a charity fireworks event in Bury last year, has helped pay for two sets of new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for volunteer members of the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service charity.
The PPE cost around £450 per person and will be of major benefit to the SARS volunteer doctors and paramedics who respond to life-threatening incidents, sometimes in extremely hazardous conditions.
Dr Andrew Mason, one of the local SARS volunteers, said: “We really are grateful to the Bury Round Table for their support. Our old PPE was first introduced in the 1970s and, although waterproof, was quite restrictive and uncomfortable to wear, especially in warm weather.
“The new items are made from a light, breathable, high-visibility material and will be of great benefit to our members as they undertake their difficult and sometimes dangerous work”
Robin Cutler, secretary of Bury Round Table, said: “Suffolk Accident Rescue Service is a fantastic local charity which we were very keen to support. This new equipment will help the volunteers of SARS carry out their vital work which we were delighted to contribute to using funds raised through our charity fireworks event in the Abbey Gardens.”