We’re always proud of the volunteers at the Anson Community shop, but last week they went above and beyond the call of duty!
On Thursday morning a local resident of the Anson community suffered a stroke outside the shop. Fortunately two members of the volunteering team acted quickly to spot the signs and give him all the help they could until an ambulance arrived.
Pamela and Sammy were opening up as usual when they noticed the man and could immediately tell that something was wrong.
“I could see straight away that he was having a stroke”, Pamela explained. “My eldest son is a stroke victim and I recognised all the signs. I could see his mouth had fallen to the side and so we called an ambulance as fast as we could.
“I laid him down and put my bag and jumper under his head and just held his hand to comfort him until the ambulance arrived. It was an upsetting experience but that’s what we’re here for, to help members of the community however we can”.
Sammy, who learnt first aid as part of her volunteer training, explained the importance of being able to identify when somebody is suffering a stroke:
“You’ve got to act fast, every second counts. When you do your first aid training you sort of think you’ll forget it after a while but all the important information comes back to you in an emergency”.
To help spot the signs of a stroke, remember FAST:
Face: look at the person's face and ask them to smile. Has their face fallen on one side?
Arms: ask the person to raise both of their arms and keep them there. Are they unable to raise one arm?
Speech: ask the person to tell you their name, or say 'hello'. Is their speech slurred?
Time: if you spot any of these signs, always call 999.