St Edmunds Wheel Trust offers to buy defibrillators for businesses, sports clubs and community groups

St Edmunds Wheel bike ride presentation''Pictured: Ian Turner, Brian Hurrell and Steve Laycock pictured last year with a cheque showing how much they have raised in total over the years they have been doing the bike ride ANL-141114-074716009
St Edmunds Wheel bike ride presentation''Pictured: Ian Turner, Brian Hurrell and Steve Laycock pictured last year with a cheque showing how much they have raised in total over the years they have been doing the bike ride ANL-141114-074716009
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Organisers of a popular charity cycle ride which came to an end this year plan to buy life-saving defibrillators for businesses, sports clubs and community groups.

Ian Turner, Steve Laycock and Brian Hurrell held the last St Edmunds Wheel Trust ride in June – attracting about 550 riders and seeing out the 18-year-old event on a high note.

An example of a defibrillator ANL-151124-113513001

An example of a defibrillator ANL-151124-113513001

In 2014, the ride had raised £232,000 for numerous local good causes and the trio will reveal their final grand total at a presentation evening next year.

They want to spend some of the money on defibrillators for local businesses and organisations and are appealing for anyone who is interested in the equipment to get in touch.

Mr Hurrell said: “We’re sourcing the defibs from St John Ambulance and they will give one person training for every defib that goes out.

“We will start with about eight defibs and if we get a good response we will go upto 10.

“We need companies, sports clubs and others who are interested to come forward with details of where they will go.”

He said they wanted to give out the equipment in their final year as it was ‘something specific and useful to the community’ to leave a lasting legacy from the ride.

Over the years they have handed out cheques to nearly 80 good causes.

Mr Hurrell said they plan to give recipients a plaque to accompany the defib.

They aim to donate the rest of the money raised this year to St Nicholas Hospice Care and other charities.

Anyone who is interested should email brian@hurrell.me.uk