IT’S fair to say the people of Ashbourne are a charitable bunch. But rarely have we seen an ambitious fund-raising project embraced and supported in such a phenomenal way as the hugely successful Ashbourne Defibrillator Project.
The way the campaign to install these life-saving devices in the town has been received has surprised and astonished everyone and, within a few months, Ann Smith and her team now have enough money to order the first two machines. There’s even some left over to pay for their costly up-keep.
Right from the word go, when the idea was bandied about on Facebook, the response was tremendous.
From its blossoming start, support never waned and dozens of people have leapt on board and held cake sales, raised money through events or even ran a half marathon to ensure the cash was in place.
Before the year is out, well ahead of schedule, Ashbourne should have its first few machines in place.
They’ll be acknowledged by the emergency services and, should anyone suffer a cardiac arrest in the town again, they will have a much better chance of survival.
Of course, we hope this will never happen. We all hope the machines sit idly in their boxes all day and all night gathering dust. But, in reality, life teaches us to prepare for the worst and that is what the people of Ashbourne clearly want to do.
So it’s hardly surprising, when you sit back and think, that such a simple idea by a town councillor and true Ashburnian should enter the minds and (if you’ll excuse the expression) hearts of the general public.
The day may come when one of these machines might be called in to action and if it should then become instrumental in saving a life everyone who has supported this wonderful project, especially Ann Smith, can give themselves a richly deserved pat on the back.