June 2022 – A little-known and very worthy cause

After some networking, and the usual excellent Mix breakfast (for those who were there in person), we learned more about a charity that goes to the aid of medical emergencies.


Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS)

Gina Saunders gave a presentation on the work of SARS, a charity supporting the ambulance service and staffed entirely by medical professionals in their free time.

                   Suffolk Accident Response Service

The service was first started in Yorkshire in 1972 by a group of GPs to support rural communities and has since grown across the UK. It receives no government or NHS funding, relying entirely on volunteer donations.


Now in its 50th year, the service covers all medical emergencies called in on the 999 lines to provide pre-hospital care. Because it is staffed by medically-trained people, it can offer pain relief, reduce permanent disabilities and save lives.

It has covered everything from cardiac arrests to falls and even sports injuries. In the last year alone, it has provided 7,000 hours of emergency help at 160 incidents.

Suffolk Accident Rescue Service

This year, the charity is hoping to raise an extra £50,000 in celebration of its 50th anniversary and is challenging 50 volunteers to raise £1000 each.

If you are interested contact [email protected]


Chamber Catalyst

July 1 is launch day for the Chamber’s newest initiative – a members-only Facebook group called Chamber Chat and a resource centre on the website, called Chamber Catalyst. For the Chamber catalyst, each member will be given a log-in and password.


For the future

Chairman Colin Tapscott is always happy to receive any suggestions for what members want to see the Chamber doing in the future. Please send your ideas (and your wish lists) to [email protected].


Dates for your diary:

Please check the website in case of any last-minute changed

 July Coffee  July Breakfast
Face to Face at the Community Centre, Needham Market The Mix, Stowmarket and Online via Zoom
Friday, July 1 Friday, July 15
10.00 am  7.00 am in person; 7.30 am on Zoom

For more information contact Keely Taylor

phone: 01449 770965 e-mail: [email protected].

Anyone who has a story to publicise or has not yet been featured in a Member Spotlight on the website please contact publicity officer Alison Withers: [email protected]

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