Parliamentary Plaudits for Neilston and Uplawmoor First Responders


Neilston and Uplawmoor First Responders have received parliamentary praise after they were awarded the “Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service”.


The group are comprised completely of volunteers and work in association with the Scottish Ambulance service to provide care to residents before an Ambulance can arrive on the scene.


The First Responders in Neilston and Uplawmoor were established by Stuart McLellan and Ross Nelson in 2013 with the aim of saving as many lives as possible within the local area. The team have installed two defibrillators in the community and are aiming to install a further three in the near future. It is believed that over 100 lives have been saved throughout Scotland thanks to the group.


The motion, which allows MPs to highlight causes or organisations, was lodged by East Renfrewshire MP Paul Masterton and reads as follows:


“That this House congratulates Neilston and Uplawmoor First Responders on receiving the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service; understands that the Queen's Award is the highest honour that can be given to a voluntary group; notes that since Neilston and Uplawmoor First Responders was established by Stuart McLellan and Ross Nelson in 2013, over 1,300 response calls have been attended and many lives saved in the local area; recognises and pays tribute to Stuart, Ross and all the volunteer responders for their dedication and selflessness; welcomes the Neilston and Uplawmoor First Responders campaign to install public access defibrillators across Neilston; and gives thanks to all first responders across the UK for their work.”


East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton said:


“What Ross, Stuart and their team of dedicated volunteers have achieved in just 5 years is remarkable, and there are many families across the area who know just how vital the First Responders are to providing potentially lifesaving medical care.


It was a privilege to join them for their celebration of receiving the Queen’s Award, a truly remarkable, and well deserved, achievement for such a young organisation. I was delighted to share their success in Parliament, and know the Responders will go from strength to strength.


I’d also like to thank Arnold Clark Car Van and Rental, whose generous donation of two new response cars will ensure residents receive the very best of care in an emergency.”