Town gets two more life-saving defibrillators thanks to Mayor of March Rob Skoulding’s ‘Have a Heart’ appeal

Defibrillator at Ellingham Avenue convenience store, March. Left: March town Mayor, Rob Sloulding an

Defibrillator at Ellingham Avenue convenience store, March. Left: March town Mayor, Rob Sloulding and owner of the Ellingham Avenue store, Jaz Jatana. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

March has two more life-saving machines thanks to the town’s mayor Councillor Robert Skoulding’s Have a Heart Charity.

Calvary sch defibrillator. Left: Mayor of March, Rob Skoulding, Head teacher, Fiona McCallum, and E

Calvary sch defibrillator. Left: Mayor of March, Rob Skoulding, Head teacher, Fiona McCallum, and Electrical contractor Darren Biggs. - Credit: Archant

The defibrillators were installed at Cavalry School and also at the convenience store in Ellingham Avenue.

The school raised money towards the defib which has been put up in a box on a wall outside the school so it is easily accessible to anyone who might need it.

Local electrician Darren Biggs fitted both the school’s and the store’s machines giving his time and expertise for free.

Cllr Skoulding, who launched his appeal when he became mayor last year, hopes to have another installed later this week.


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His aim is to have enough of the machines, which can be used by anyone without the need for training, so no one is ever more than a few minutes away from one.

The latest two bring the total to nine so far.

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“Every minute counts when someone is having a heart attack. These machines could make the difference to someone surviving or dying. I really would like to get a few more before my year as mayor comes to an end.

“We have had brilliant support from people and groups who have raised money to provide these defibs. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the appeal and also Darren Biggs, who has given his time to install them and Adam Triggs of 3B Design who has provided the signs, as well as Eric Skoulding who has also helped,” said Cllr Skoulding.

There is a coffee morning on Wednesday (16) from 10am to noon at St Peter’s Church Hall in High Street organised by March Mutual Interests Group and is in aid of the mayor’s defibrillator fund.

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