Campaign to bring more community defibrillators to Long Melford gathers pace after village working group funds first new machine
Momentum is gathering behind a new push to increase the public’s access to life-saving equipment in Long Melford, with funding secured for the first of several planned defibrillators for the village.
A working party of residents in Old Court have raised more than £1,000 for the installation of a 24/7 community defibrillator, to be installed outside the nearby parish council offices in Cordell Road.
The group was formed after the launch of a fundraising appeal by council chairman John Nunn, resident Robin Hughes and first responder Martin Richards, who urged villagers and businesses to support the cause.
At a full parish council meeting last Thursday, Cllr Nunn unveiled a map of planned sites for the defibrillators, three of which are hoped to be installed in the near future, with five more proposed for the long-term.
He confirmed the project has drawn interest from the Nethergate Brewery, Project Seven, Long Melford Open Spaces (LMOS), Long Melford Working Men’s Club and Sudbury and District Rotary Club, among others.
“I do believe people are behind us,” Cllr Nunn told the Free Press. “Since we started, we have had a good response from the village.
“We need to have several defibrillators to cover the whole village. In an ideal world, having at least eight would be great.
“The council has agreed to insure and maintain these defibrillators. We are asking groups and individuals to raise funds for us, and we will do the rest of the work.”
Currently, there is just one community defibrillator in Long Melford, located outside the Co-op in Hall Street. Suggested sites for new devices include the phone box outside The Hare Inn, to serve the north of the village.
Mr Richards, who runs the Sudbury-based Gryphon First Aid Unit, said he is also keen to run public awareness sessions to boost people’s confidence in using defibrillators.
“The whole project is proceeding at pace,” he added. “There’s certainly a lot of talk going on in the village, which is what we want. I believe there are other businesses that are interested.”
If you are interested in getting involved with the project, contact Cllr Nunn on 07792 357039.
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