Charity event proves town has a heart

Christmas sale by Defibrillators for All at Manor Leisure Whittlesey. The Defibrillator charity team

Christmas sale by Defibrillators for All at Manor Leisure Whittlesey. The Defibrillator charity team,Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Whittlesey residents had a heart and helped raise more than £500 for a town-based charity aimed at saving lives.

Defibrillators for All was launched by Deborah Slator with the aim of providing 10 defibrillators for the town and so far has raised enough money for nine, with eight already installed at various locations around the town.

The most recent was launched at the Letter B by the Lions after their recent Santa’s Sleigh tour of the town and was provided in memory of a one of their members.

Di Coulson, Mrs Slator’s sister, said the Christmas event held at the Manor Leisure Centre attracted fewer than hoped visitors, but still raised over £500 which will go towards the cost of providing the charity’s 10th defibrillator.

“The charity was launched with the aim of raising enough money to provide 10 defibrillators for Whittlesey, but we won’t stop there. The more we can get located around the town the better, they really can help save lives if they are close to where they are needed,” explained Mrs Coulson, who raised enough money to buy one in memory of her friend Mandi Lee, who died of a cardiac arrest last year.

The charity event was a real family affair with Mrs Coulson’s six-year-old grandson Finley Coulson running a sweet stall and other relatives helping with a new-to-you stand.

Other stalls including arts and crafts where children could make their own Christmas cards and write a letter to Santa with a guaranteed reply.

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