Long Melford defibrillator campaign takes first major step with installation of new machine at parish council office
Long Melford’s new fundraising drive for more community defibrillators has taken a major step, with the installation of the first new machine.
Life-saving equipment is now operational outside the parish council offices in Cordell Road, after being installed on Christmas Eve.
The device was funded almost entirely through the contributions of residents of Old Court, located near Cordell Road.
Parish council chairman John Nunn, who set up the fundraising appeal with local resident Robin Hughes and first responder Martin Richards towards the end of last year, said momentum is continuing to build behind the campaign.
Several businesses and community groups have pledged to collect donations for the scheme, while residents have also set up their own fundraisers, including Pat Davey, of Hall Street, who has, to date, raised £200 selling books.
He said: “Fundraising continues apace, with various local organisations contributing towards the scheme, including Project Seven, Nethergate Brewery, Long Melford Working Men’s Club and Sudbury Round Table, along with private donations. We are very grateful to you all.”
The campaign has already set out a map of planned locations for eight defibrillators, and anyone interested in supporting the cause should contact Cllr Nunn on 07792 357039.
The initiative in Long Melford was inspired by a similar ongoing campaign in Sudbury, which built a groundswell of support after kicking off last year, with 10 defibrillators now up and running or committed to in the town.
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