Joint partnership working led to a successful bid for 2 subsidised Defibrillators from the British Heart Foundation (BHF). One machine will be at the Cricket Pavilion Elms Park, the other at St Peters Rooms – for use 24 hours a day / 7 Days a week.
The Colts dipped into their financial reserves for £800 to purchase the machines and will lead in fund raising for the BHF with a Xmas raffle and Boxing Day football match.
Andy Scott of the Colts explained “The Club needs to recover the £800 needed to buy the machines – but is confident with community help it can do so and generate even more money for charity. We have a manager who was saved by use of a defibrillator recently and put the cash forward to get equipment on the ground quickly. We now need the community to get behind us, sell raffle tickets, come to the Boxing Day match, and attend training on how to use the equipment”.
Free training is being provided at: St. Peter’s Rooms, 11am to 1pm on Saturday 13th December by The Community Heartbeat Trust on how to access and use the machines. Contact the Parish Council office to book a place – see back page.
The Colts and Parish is grateful to all who have made getting the machines and establishing the service possible. Councilor David Hall, Chairman of Amenities Committee, added: “We now need to raise funds and get the word out about the machines – it’s up to the community to respond”. Further information available from Parish on: 914 6660.