AS PART of Volunteers week, the Yorkshire Ambulance service (YAS) are celebrating the hundreds of volunteers who contribute to their service.

The campaign, which runs from June 1 to June 7, is recognising the huge range of people who give their time to help others in so many ways.

On a regular basis, more than 1,000 people make a valuable contribution to YAS by volunteering as Community First Responders (CFRs), car drivers and members of the Critical Friends Network.

CFRs attend medical emergencies in their community and provide vital care, comfort and reassurance in the moments before an ambulance arrives.

They are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and carry a defibrillator, oxygen and basic first aid equipment.

The non-emergency Patient Transport Service is supported by over 200 volunteer car drivers who use their own vehicles to help eligible patients get to and from medical appointments.

Rod Barnes, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “We’re extremely proud of our volunteers who give up a huge amount of their personal time to provide the best possible service to patients within their local communities every single day. They don’t expect to be thanked for what they do, but we always appreciate their dedication."