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Bury St Edmunds community unveils new lifesaving kit




Mary Pennock and Dr Paul Siklos of the St Edmunds Trust, with Jonathan Needle of East of England Ambulance Service, Tim Sheppard and Stuart Williams of Southgate Community Partnership and Cllr Sarah Stamp and Paul Hicklin who gave much needed advice to the project. Photo courtesy of Andy Abbott.
Mary Pennock and Dr Paul Siklos of the St Edmunds Trust, with Jonathan Needle of East of England Ambulance Service, Tim Sheppard and Stuart Williams of Southgate Community Partnership and Cllr Sarah Stamp and Paul Hicklin who gave much needed advice to the project. Photo courtesy of Andy Abbott.

A new defibrillator was unveiled last week following a year’s successful fund-raising in the Southgate area of Bury St Edmunds.

The new lifesaving equipment, which is positioned outside the Southgate Community Centre, was handed over during a short ceremony last Thursday.

Tim Sheppard, chair of the Southgate Community Partnership, said: “This is a splendid effort by people locally, including Southgate Church, and we hope that this new piece of kit will one day save a life.”

Fund-raising for the £2,500 needed got underway just under a year ago at the inaugural community fun day held on May’s bank holiday Monday and continued throughout the year, culminating in a generous grant from the St Edmunds Trust in recognition of the effort by the local community.

Mary Pennock, chair of St Edmunds Trust, said: “We are delighted to have awarded the funds for the placement of a defibrillator at Southgate Community Centre, a centre which is used by so many local groups.

“It is particularly pleasing when a modest grant of this nature provides such an important resource for us all.”

Demonstrations on how to use the equipment will take place at Southgate’s next community event taking place on May 4.



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