‘I want to help save more lives’ says Karen

Paramedic Karen Winter (centre), from Hemel Hempstead, who has set up the charity Global First Aid.
Paramedic Karen Winter (centre), from Hemel Hempstead, who has set up the charity Global First Aid.

A PARAMEDIC from Hemel Hempstead has set up a charity to teach first aid to people in central America.

Karen Winter, who works out of Berkhamsted, became interested in helping Nicaragua following a visit two years ago and is now fundraising to pay for another trip.

She says the Nicaraguan ambulance service is staffed by volunteers with ‘no money for training’.

“I’m going out to train them on first aid so they know the basics of what to do,” she said.

“We’re also teaching a selection of not just first aid but how to teach it so they can pass it on to others.”

Karen. who has been a paramedic for more than 20 years, will be running four-day courses during a three-week trip costing £5,000.

“I know how to save lives here but in a developing country the need is so much greater,” she said.

To raise cash a snail racing event is taking place this Saturday at Hemel Hempstead Fire Station, with tickets costing £5 for adults and children go free. The fun kicks off at 7.30pm and there will be prizes and a cheap bar.