Committee calls upon residents for defibrillator funding

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A group of employees in south Shropshire has clubbed together in an effort to have a much-needed village defibrillator installed – and is urging residents to pledge whatever they can towards the cause.

The Bromfield Defibrillator Project was formed six months ago with high hopes for the equipment to be installed at Bromfield Post Office, in the village of Bromfield, two miles north of Ludlow.

The committee, formed by employees from Earl of Plymouth Estates Limited and Ludlow Food Centre Limited, is hoping to raise in excess of £850 to not only have the defibrillator installed, but also to provide essential training to those living and working in the village. Earl of Plymouth Estates Limited have pledged to match fund up to a total of £850.00 to the cause.

Brenda Gray, chair of The Bromfield Defibrillator Project and baker at Ludlow Food Centre, said: “It is absolutely vital that a village as small and as rural as Bromfield is equipped with life-saving equipment. Although the number of people living in the village is quite small, Ludlow Food Centre and its surrounding businesses have thousands of people visit each year, with many of those at risk of suffering cardiac arrest.

“We have been working with Ludlow Defib 4 U over the last few months to put everything in – so to be able to get the word out to villagers and visitors about our cause is very exciting. We need to raise as much as possible to guarantee sufficient training, as well as the equipment itself.”

Priscilla Toop, Co-ordinator at Ludlow Defib 4 U said: “We are delighted that the team in Bromfield is working so hard to get a much-needed defibrillator installed.

“Defibrillators are a necessity, and with the correct training, save lives. A cardiac arrest can occur in even the most seemingly-fit of people, so it is important that we do not take good health for granted, and have more defibrillation units installed across rural communities.

“We urge everyone in the village to get behind this fantastic and incredibly important cause.”

Anyone wishing to donate to The Bromfield Defibrillator Project, or anyone wishing to receive defibrillator training, can get in touch with committee secretary Debbie Rhodes by e-mailing debbier@ludlowfoodcentre.co.uk or by calling 01584 856000.

The deadline for donations has been extended to June 30.

Pictured, from left are committee members Rose Moore and Sarah Nightingale, chairman Brenda Gray, treasurer Pat Bray and secretary Debbie Rhodes

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