THE town councillor behind a campaign set up to buy and install Ashbourne’s first defibrillators says she is ‘gobsmacked’ at the level of support the town has shown to the project.
A cake stall at the Stepping Stones Pub in Carnation Way, held by the group of people raising funds to buy the defibrillators - which are used to save the lives of patienst who have suffered a cardiac arrest - has raised £400 and groups, organisations and individuals are stepping forward every day to lend support.
Ann Smith, one of the campaign leaders and an Ashbourne Town Councillor, said: “I’m just absolutely gobsmacked at how well it’s going so far and how much support we’ve had.
“At first I just thought I’d ask on Facebook what people thought but it’s gone berserk.
“I’m so grateful to the Stepping Stones, they’ve been wonderful and they couldn’t have done more for us. Everyone’s been brilliant.”
So far the funds stand at around £2,500 and the next step will be to arrange a meeting and form an official committee to discuss buying and siting the defibrillators.