A campaign to raise funds for ten defibrillators for a Moorlands town has been restarted. Cheadle councillor Elizabeth Whitehouse is working with Stone-based AEDdonate to install ten public access defibrillators across the Moorlands town of Cheadle.
A campaign to raise funds for ten defibrillators for a Moorlands town has been restarted.
Cheadle councillor Elizabeth Whitehouse is working with Stone-based AEDdonate to install ten public access defibrillators across the Moorlands town of Cheadle.
Elizabeth launched the campaign to raise funds for the life-saving equipment back in March, just before the nation was put in to lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As the Government continues to ease restrictions, including allowing the re-opening of certain shops and businesses, Elizabeth has now been out and about dropping off collection tubs to the shops in the town’s High Street, as well as putting posters up regarding the campaign.
She told the Times & Echo: “As we start to get back to a little normality, the Cheadle defibrillator fundraising campaign is at the forefront of my mind.
“I’m working in partnership with AEDdonate to fundraise for ten new defibrillators across Cheadle to make sure that if the worst happens, we can be as prepared as possible.
“I feel that it’s vital for the community since the loss of our ambulance post, and together we can pull together and do what’s best for Cheadle.
“We’ve already had a few donations in and I hope that we can smash this target as soon as possible.”
Jamie Richards from AEDdonate said of Elizabeth’s fundraising campaign for Cheadle: “As you’d expect Covid-19 has meant we’ve had a 100 per cent drop in community fundraising.
“We are slowly starting to see communities fundraising again albeit in different ways than before.
“During the pandemic AEDdonate has continued to support communities all over the UK and in the early stages of lockdown supported the AED at Cheadle Guildhall following a deployment.
“Community spirit is now stronger than ever and we fully support councillor Whitehouse in her mission for more lifesaving machines across the town.”
Cheadle currently has four defibrillators located in the town: The Lodge on Tean Road; Cheadle Cricket Club on Tean Road; The Swan at Town End; The Guild Hall on Tape Street.
As well as donations in the collection tubs around shops in Cheadle and donations made online, Elizabeth is on the look out for any businesses which would like to sponsor the life-saving equipment.
She said: “Each defibrillator, set of pads, batteries and cabinet holder costs around £2,000 and right now we are aiming to get the first ten and go from there. So we need to raise £19,990 in total initially.
“Any local business which wishes to sponsor a defibrillator can.
“Their business name will be added to a plaque above, and we can discuss where that particular defibrillator will be.
“Many thanks to the whole community for supporting me and our town’s future.”
To donate go online to https://www.aeddonate.org.uk/projects/cheadle, or pop your donation in one of the collection tubs around town.
Any business interested in sponsoring a defib can contact Elizabeth by email at email@example.com.
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