The British Association for Immediate Care

link The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 6th August were Dr Daniel Alberts and Dr Douglas Davies who came to enlighten the club about BASICS (The British Association for Immediate Care).

It began in 1977 and is now country wide and works in conjunction with the Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance and these two doctors are in the process of establishing a local version of the charity. 

They currently have nine volunteer doctors and a number of paramedics on their books who can be called to help at road traffic accidents. The charity is self-funded and is currently looking for help in non-clinical roles.

Barrow's Boys and other Polar Explorers

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 30th July was Professor Brian Wilson who gave a lecture entitled ‘Barrow’s Boys and other Polar Explorers’.

The talk, as its name implies, told the story of Sir John Barrow and other famous explorers who were determined to find ‘The North West Passage’. They were all unsuccessful and in many cases it cost them their lives, although the first passage, which took three years to complete, was finally done by the famous explorer Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole.

South Lakeland Mind

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 9th July was David Beuzeval, Chief Officer of ‘South Lakeland Mind’ who gave a talk outlining the work and ethos of the charity.

It is a sobering thought that one in four people will suffer from mental issues at some in time of their life. The charity, based in Stricklandgate House, with over 90 volunteers is self-funded and provides counselling, training and group activities for the 400+ clients currently on their books.