ASHBOURNE’S first defibrillators are being ordered, following an ‘unprecedented’ out-pouring of support from the town.
The Ashbourne Defibrillator Project has captured the imaginations of dozens of townsfolk, who have donated money or lent support to the scheme, which aims to see the life-saving machines dotted around the town in case somebody nearby suffers a cardiac arrest.
Town councillor Ann Smith, who is leading the project, says she will be using money rased to order the first two defibrillators this week, and hopes to order another three more soon.
The machines, which are used to shock a person’s heart into restarting, are housed in temperature-controlled cabinets and are linked to East Midlands Ambulance Service.
One machine will be installed at David Neill Mica Hardware; a cabinet will be installed for the machine currently owned by the Ex Servicemen’s Club; another machine will be installed at Preston’s Garage in Derby Road; and units are also planned at the pavillion, near to the recration ground and in Waterside Park.
Mrs Smith said: “I am completely overwhelmed by everyone’s support, kind words and messages.
“The way everyone has gone ahead and organised events, some I knew nothing about, and then they just gave me the money is unbelievable.
“I have been stopped in the street and given money.
“The way the towns-people have pulled together is, to me, unprecedented
Among the people Mrs Smith said she would like to thank for donations are: Mr and Mrs Geoff French, Andrea Barnett, Betty Smith, Stepping Stones Pub, Lisa Brown, Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football Committee, Peak Waste, Denise Hemsill, Cakes by Cath, Eunice Green, Pat Breeze, spectators at Ashbourne Half Marathon, Trilby Shaw and Nigel Brown.
Several runners in Ashbourne’s recent half marathon chose to direct their sponsorship to the project and cake sales have been arranged by groups and individuals to raise funds.
Entertainment organiser John Scott said he will raise funds during a One Direction tribute act on Saturday, October 19 and the Old Ashburnians held an event at the Empire Ballroom with Ashbourne band The Siblings headlining.
Ashbourne Rugby Club have organised a comedy night on Saturday 12 October, with donations promised; Shoredump Hoodies has donated Polo Shirts with the project’s logo on, which was designed by Jon Howson at Raptor Graphics.
Members are due to meet again tomorrow in Ashbourne Leisure Centre at 7pm.