Beginning with two local doctors.
Growing into an army of life-saving volunteers
You’ve probably never heard of our two founders, Dr Michael Cooper and Dr Richard Harper-Smith. But trust us, without them, many lives in Lincolnshire would have been lost over the last 50 years.
Back in the 1970s they built the LIVES concept upon a simple purpose: to provide expert emergency medical assistance for road traffic accident victims and trauma patients in our county.
From a standing start, the idea quickly gathered support from over a hundred local doctors, and so the LIVES journey began. The road ahead would not be easy though. In the beginning LIVES had no funds to speak of and the medical professionals who volunteered to help us provided not only their time, but their own equipment too.
Thankfully in those early days, local businesses and institutes initiated a culture of support that’s still clear to see today.
They saw the value of LIVES. They recognised that something quite exceptional had been born. And we’re proud to say community backing has continued to grow. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, partners, members of the public and of course, our growing number of volunteers – we’re still here. Getting stronger every year. Continuing to save lives in our community.
At a glance: milestones in our LIVES