Following last weeks news item where I expressed my frustration at the length of time taken to site a defibrillator at the Co-Op on Shrub End, I am happy to report the machine is now located and charged ready should it be needed.

Martin Ford of Colchester Community First Responders has thanked all involved, and the whole team of first responders are to be congratulated on the recent surge of defibrillators seen across Colchester.

This defibrillator campaign was funded by a crowd-funding page started by Debbie Shore, a generous donation by Cllr Lyn Barton from their locality budget, a very kind donation by Mr Alan Gibbs and the landord, landlady, staff and patrons of The Old New Inn, Chapel Street Colchester. I was asked to get involved after successfully helping to raise £400.00 for a local charity last World Aids Day.

I’d also like to publicly thank East of England Co-Op for agreeing to site the defibrillator. There were frustrations with the amount of time it took to gain the landowners permission, as well as the Co-Op having to take every precaution to protect it’s engineers. Regardless of these difficulties, the important thing is Shrub End has it’s first defibrillator and the potential to save lives now available.

Peter Greening.

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