A GROUP of villagers have raised more than £2,000 in just 10 days to fund a defibrillator. Residents at The Terrace in Mayfield organised online raffles and sponsored events for the potentially life-saving machine.
The 24-hour defib will be dedicated to a friend and neighbour, Rod Smith who passed away in 2017. Villagers at The Terrace, which includes South View and West View, organised a host of events to fund the Automatic External Defibrillator from Stone-based charity AED Donate.
Chef Craig Francis raffled off a two-course meal, while parish councillor Richard Hough braved a sponsored beard-shave for the cause.
Paul Phillips of PWP Home and Garden offered a full day of work in a month-long raffle and Les Barbeaux Leather’s Trevor Ford took donations for the fund in lieu of payment for hand-crafted items including leather belts and dog collars.
The coffers also received a boost from AEDdonate, numerous very generous donations from friends and families, Rotary Club of Ashbourne, Aggregate Industries and Birdsgrove Fly-Fishing Club. The driving force behind the appeal, Kate Broome raffled off a special Afternoon Tea with fizz.
Kate said: “In these difficult times I wanted to do something in Rods memory that would make a difference to the community. “A defibrillator could help save a life what better legacy could there be? The Terraces have come together and I’m blown away by the support that we have had.”
In all, the Covid-secure efforts of the lockdown fundraisers have secured more than £2,850 for the defib, which was installed on Friday.
A STUDENT at Rycroft Middle School has taken on a winter marathon to boost funds for the defib at The Terrace, Mayfield.
Felicity Johnson, aged 11, lives in the village and is a member of 1st Mayfield Cubs. After deciding to support the appeal for the life-saving kit, Felicity planned to run the equivalent of a marathon between February 20 and March 20. Now having completed her challenge by already racing more than 26 miles, Felicity has raised more than £400 towards the appeal.
Felicity’s Winter Warmer online donation page remains open and she continues to accept donations for the appeal. Felicity said: “I wanted to challenge myself and raise money at the same time. I didn’t expect to raise so much money! Thank you everyone.” Supporters can still donate to the appeal by searching for ‘Felicity’s Winter Marathon’ on Facebook.
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