Could you be a community first responder in Royston?

PUBLISHED: 08:29 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:29 16 April 2018

The Royston community first responders. Picture: Laraine Upton

The Royston community first responders. Picture: Laraine Upton


A Royston woman who was inspired to become a community first responder after looking after her sick mother is urging more people to come forward to help provide emergency care in the town.

Laraine Upton became a CFR after she became the primary carer for her mother, whose health had been in decline for some time.

Laraine said: “She had been unwell for many years, but I could see her health deteriorating and I became drawn into being her main carer for her health matters.

CFRs in Royston and the surrounding areas are based in their own homes in and are then contacted by ambulance control as and when they are needed. They are usually first on the scene, and can tend to patients who could be cardiac arrest, in a diabetic emergency, or those who are unresponsive, having breathing difficulties or seizures, until the ambulance service arrive.

Laraine added: “As a CFR, it is the best feeling when a patient or their family members stop you in the street and say thanks.”

The ambulance service is looking to fill two voluntary positions in Royston. They will be at the town’s May Fayre at Priory Memorial Gardens on May 7 to help drum up interest.

To find out more email or


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 09:32

The North East Herts MP said that Govia Thameslink is in the last chance saloon, while speaking at the rail users group public meeting on Thursday.

Fri, 13:14

Letchworth’s Brotherhood Hall resembled a packed-to-the-rafters train carriage yesterday evening as around 200 people attended the joint Royston, Ashwell and Letchworth rail user groups’ public meeting.

Fri, 12:06

The M11 northbound between junction 8 and junction 10 has re-opened after a ‘severe’ lorry fire.

Fri, 08:46

A family from Royston who took part in this year’s Stevenage Race for Life were “devastated” when they returned to their car to find it had been broken into.

Most read stories


Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Royston Crow e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Royston Crow weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy