Community comes together for defibrillator fund

The community has come together to provide the town with a defibrillator EMN-150624-182057001
The community has come together to provide the town with a defibrillator EMN-150624-182057001

Market Rasen is to have a life-saving piece of equipment installed after a fundraising drive instigated by CLIP (Community Learning in Partnership) Healthy Minds group.

It is hoped to have the automated external defibrillator in place by the autumn.

Steve Sutton, community response manager at East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said: “We fully support this initiative and encourage others to do the same. We are passionate about placing defibrillators in the community as they can save lives.”

The defibrillator fund was kick-started by a table-top sale at the CLIP cafe, which raised £100.

Since then, other community groups and individuals have come together to raise £900 of the £1,400 required – Market Rasen Lions, Tesco and the Lingard family.

And staff members at Market Rasen Co-op have pledged to raise the final £500.

They will be holding a 10-mile sponsored walk on July 12, as well as tombolas and raffles to reach their target and anyone who wants to support them is asked to call at the store’s customer service desk.

“It has been fantastic so many organisations in Rasen have been working together – a brilliant example of partnership,” said Janet Farr of CLIP.

The defibrillator will be sited on an outside wall of the Co-op for 24/7 availability.