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Lifesaving equipment donated to Addingham Responders
9:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A second piece of lifesaving equipment has been handed over to Addingham following a collection held at the funeral of a villager.
Local people gave generously to Addingham Responders and Heartstart at the recent funeral service of much-loved member or the community, Tony Gaunt.
Mr Gaunt’s family nominated the cause as beneficiary of the collection, which raised £1,500 – fully funding a new defibrillator for the recently-revamped football pavilion and new scout hut, off Stockinger Lane, plus part-funding another defibrillator, to be handed over to The Craven Heifer pub shortly.
Among those at the official handover on Saturday was ward councillor, Michael Kelly (Con, Craven) – who used himself as a living example of the value of defibrillators.
Coun Kelly told the gathering how he was resuscitated at Leeds Bradford Airport earlier this year due to the immediate availability of equipment and skills. He expressed satisfaction that such resources were becoming more available in the community.
Alan Davies, co-ordinator of Heartstart Addingham, also spoke at the handover, thanking Mr Gaunt’s family members for their generosity.
Ward councillor Adrian Naylor (Ind, Craven), handed over the defibrillator to Addingham parish councillor, Gordon Campbell, who reflected on Mr Gaunt’s contribution to village activities over many years.
Flowers were presented to Mr Gaunt’s mother, Ruth and his sister, Susan Mortimer.
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