MATT Fox might only be a Studley parish councillor for ten months – but he is hoping to stick around for a while longer than that.
The facilities manager at Moreton Morrell College was recently co-opted on to the local authority after Coun Mary Woodrow passed away.
A passionate member of the Studley branch of the Royal British Legion, he is also currently trying to establish a steady income stream for Studley First Responders and manage its social media.
“For me they are a paramount service,” said Coun Fox.
“The NHS is really stretched and without this service it really could cost lives. Often, because the crew are local, they can get there before the ambulance service and to be able to save a life or stabilise a patient in that critical five or ten minutes is just magical.”
However, with new kit to buy and replace and vehicles to service and maintain – and also replace – the voluntary service is constantly in need of finances.
“Ideally I’d like to get something set up so they can have a steady income and can plan in advance, which at the moment can be difficult,” said Coun Fox.
With local elections coming up in May next year, he could quickly lose his seat, but he is hoping to show he is someone worthy of backing.
“I used to work as a DJ and ever since my mum died I’ve always been doing fund-raising for organisations like cancer relief,” said Matt.
“Basically I just want to help people.
“I want to do something positive for all the 6,500 people in the parish. I just want to give something back to my own community.
“Having said that, ever since being on the parish council, it’s been a massive learning curve for me, but I’m really enjoying it.”
To contact Coun Fox or show support for Studley First Responders, call him on 07885 293804 .