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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Barrow volunteers welcome lifesaving donation

LIFESAVING equipment will help a team of Barrow based volunteers in their fight against one the UK’s biggest killers.

BOOST Dan Austin, centre, presenting £1,000 from the Lake District Farmers Charitable Fund to John Murphy of the Barrow Defib Appeal, along with David Took, Mark Ducie and Jacky Took, at Barrow Town Hall HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50063756B002

The latest donation from the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund has resulted in a £1,000 boost for the Barrow Defib Appeal.

The money will go towards a Community Public Access Defibrillator which will be added to the growing number of lifesaving devices in the town.

In the case of a sudden heart attack, members of the public can access and use the strategically-placed defibrillators in the vital first moments before health professionals arrive.

The campaign to install the machines around Barrow, which is ranked fifth worst in the UK for cases of heart disease, is run entirely by unpaid volunteers.

Mark Ducie, the Barrow Defib Appeal secretary said: “It’s a massive amount, it’s almost enough for a new cPAD.

“It’s a fantastic gesture from them for donating it to us. All the donations we get are purely spent on equipment that will be in the Barrow borough area. The £1,000 going to allow us to purchase new equipment while we continue fundraising for more.”

The appeal has gone from strength to strength, with defibrillators popping up across Barrow in recent years.

But Mr Ducie said there was still a long way to go.

He said: “We’ve now got a unit in every ward in the borough and that was our strategic aim, now we’re looking at filling in the strategic pockets in between.

“We’re focusing on areas where there is heavy footfall so there is a higher possibility of people going past it. We’re placing them on landmarks on recognisable buildings so when people ring 999 they know exactly where the defibs are.”

Anyone wanting to find out more, or who wants to make a donation to the appeal, can contact the charity by email at thebarrowdefibappeal@outlook.com or on Twitter @barrowdefib.

The Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund gives away £1,000 every month through the Evening Mail to worthy local causes.

The fund was set up by the late Ray Armstrong, a Barrow businessman who lost his battle to cancer in April 2013.

The money was raised at an annual celebrity chef event held in Dalton, hosted and sponsored by Clarence House Country Hotel and Restaurant.

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