VOLUNTEERS can be first on scene to crashes in times of bad weather and basic medical equipment can make the difference between life and death.

Herefordshire 4x4 Response is an organisation made up of around 60 volunteers, who assist the NHS, fire service, police and other services when called upon.

Now the group is trying to buy trauma kits for its drivers so they can deliver essential care while waiting for emergency services to arrive.

The group's chairman Steve Wright said the group has launched a crowdfunding effort to raise the £1,650 that's needed.

"Tourniquets and haemostatic dressings are not something anyone wants to use or be on the receiving end of, but when things go wrong they can mean the difference between life and death," he said.

"During times of adverse weather we often encounter RTCs and due to the conditions it can be a while before help arrives, that's where our training is vital.

"For just £30 you can sponsor a responder, helping them to save someone's life if the worst happens. But don't worry, if £30 is too much any donation will help."

For more information visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/traumakits