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Bransgore Community First Responder (CFR) and Scheme Co-ordinator, Mike Jukes, has been awarded with the British Empire Medal for Services to Emergency Response and Fundraising.

Mike Jukes, L, pictured with New Milton CFR & Scheme Co-ordinator, Penny Smith.

This well-deserved award was formally announced earlier today in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Mike has been a volunteer CFR in Bransgore, in the New Forest, since 2005. As well as responding to emergency medical incidents in his local community, Mike has been instrumental in the continuing success not just of the Bransgore scheme, but also in helping establish and support other CFR schemes in the New Forest area.

Will Hancock, Chief Executive of South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) said:

“Mike is an excellent ambassador for SCAS and has worked tirelessly in his local area bringing the community together. Over the past 13 years Mike has been an inspirational character not only in his commitment to the CFR role responding to emergency incidents but also as a successful fundraiser and education provider. He has been an exemplary role model and we send our huge congratulations to Mike on this well deserved achievement.”

Following the formal announcement of his award Mike said:

‘‘It is an honour and a priviledge to serve the community in this area at times when they are facing a medical emergency and to be able to offer initial help and care before the ambulance arrives. I was speechless when I heard news of this award and I am proud and humbled to be recognised for doing something that is so rewarding in itelf.”