A PENDLE MP is continuing his pursuit to help his community amid Coronavirus concerns after passing exams for volunteering as a community first responder.

Andrew Stephenson posted on social media about the news that he will helping the NHS in the next few weeks and urged people to stay at home and save lives.

Speaking to the Telegraph, the 39-year-old, who has volunteered since 2014, said: "Our ambulance service is supported by hundred of volunteers - principally those like me who respond to 999 calls and those who help transporting patients.

"I decided to train as a Community First Responder and start volunteering 5 years ago, as it was something I could fit around my other commitments.

"I also have helped recruit more volunteers, raised funds to buy kit for other volunteers and help coordinate the installation of 20 defibrillators across Pendle.

"The current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak presents a significant challenge for the health and social care system and for our local ambulance service, therefore I’m pleased to have passed my annual assessment and be able to continue volunteering."

Mr Stephenson praised the efforts of our emergency services staff and helping people.

He said: "Over the last few years volunteering with the North West Ambulance Service I’ve had a real insight into the work of our ambulance crews and the daily miracles they perform.

"They are the real heroes and I will do anything I can to support them in the coming weeks as we deal with this unprecedented challenge.

"We all have a role to play to tackle this disease - not just those in uniform.

"Everyone needs to play their part by following government advice to stay at home, protect our NHS and to save lives."

Mr Stephenson posted on Facebook about a Pendle company trying to support society.

He said: "One of Pendle’s largest employers Wellocks who supply food to some of the best restaurants across the U.K. are now selling to the public."