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Bridge jumpers hand over funds raised to town’s defibrillator project

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

01/03/14 Marathon man who had cardiac arrest and was defibbed returns Marathon man Michael Andrews who had cardiac arrest and was defibbed returns to finish Marathon.Anne Smith with Gordon Hart president of Ashbourne Lions

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ASHBOURNE’S public access defibrillator project got a welcome boost to funds this weekend.

Gordon Hart, president of the Ashbourne Lions, presented Ann Smith with a cheque for £500, money raised at the Mappleton New Year’s day bridge jump.

Ann Smith said: “This is a wonderful donation, and we are really grateful for the Lion’s support.

“Having public access defibrillators in town is something I feel very strongly about, and to receive this cheque today is particularly poignant as we are here to celebrate Michael Andrews returning to complete last year’s half marathon.”

Mr Andrews, 51, collapsed at the event, held last September and was in cardiac arrest when Dave Pitt and Paul Ground rushed over to give CPR.

Members of the St John Ambulance first aid team were on scene within minutes to administer the lifesaving defibrillator shock.

Mrs Smith said; “Ashbourne will very soon have five public access defibrillators and I am very grateful to everyone who has supported this campaign so far. In the next couple of weeks the final two machines will go live.”

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