Community First Responders receives funding boost from Mactaggart & Mickel Homes

The Newton Mearns group of Community First Responders has received a donation of £1,000 from family housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ Building Communities Fund. 

Community First Responders are all local volunteers who are professionally trained and authorised by the Scottish Ambulance Service to respond, when requested, to 999 calls made in their local area by those experiencing life-threatening events such as heart attack, cardiac arrest or stroke - events where every minute counts to enhance the chances of survival - and remain with them until the ambulance/paramedics arrive. 

The much-needed donation will allow the group, which has a base in Parklands Hotel and Country Club, to add to their existing basic equipment and increase public awareness and fund-raising to pay for uniforms, a second kit bag, defibrillator and training equipment. 

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes has a long history of supporting good causes. The Building Communities Fund was established to enhance the company’s ongoing efforts to help organisations and projects which enhance the lives of people within their local communities.  

The fund is open throughout the year to applications from charities, community groups, sports teams and schools within a five-mile radius of any Mactaggart & Mickel Homes development under construction, including Castle Grove and Red Lion in Newton Mearns.   

Applications for funding are assessed and awarded by a cross-section of Mactaggart & Mickel employees. 

Liz Hamilton, Land Manager at Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, said: “We are delighted to support the Newton Mearns Community First Responders, whose attendance at life-threatening events is not just a vital link in patients’ treatment, but also a comforting presence for people in moments of crisis. It’s a privilege for us to help the group to continue their good work.”  

Bev Brown, coordinator for the Newton Mearns Community First Responders group, said: “We are delighted to have received this donation from Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ Building Communities Fund as it means we can now plan ahead and invest in new equipment to grow this vital community service.” 

For more information on the fund and to make an application please visit

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