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Life-saving defibrillator installed in centre of Truro

By West Briton  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

  • Truro Tourist Information Centre manager Demelza Davies, Elizabeth Williams, from the Ronnie Richards Memorial Trust, Truro Town Clerk Roger Gazzard, Paul Williams, from the Ronnie Richards Memorial Trust, and Keith Wellington, from Truro Lions Club, with the new public access defibrillator.

  • Truro Tourist Information Centre manager Demelza Davies, Eliazbeth Williams from the Ronnie Richards Memorial Trust, Truro Town Clerk Roger Gazzard, Paul Williams from the Ronnie Richards Memorial Trust and Keith Wellington from Truro Lions Club with the new public access defibrillator. Ref:TRJJ20131209A-002_C

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A SECOND piece of medical equipment that could save lives has been installed in the centre of Truro.

The defibrillator now in place at the tourist information centre can be used by anybody to help someone suffering a heart attack.

Truro Lions Club worked with Truro City Council to provide the equipment.

The public access defibrillator (PAD) is fully automated and talks the first responder through the process step by step, meaning no first aid training is necessary to use it.

Truro Lions Club launched its own defibrillator appeal in August after forging a partnership with the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity to introduce defibrillators to Truro.

Lions president Keith Wellington said: "Active fundraising continues, as it's the wish of the club to have many more across the city including at the bus and train stations."

A fundraising concert by the Amici Voci choir raised more than £800, most of the money needed for a third PAD to be installed shortly in the Royal Cornwall Museum.

Agreement has also been reached with Truro Cathedral to install an external PAD at High Cross, and it is hoped funds will be available for the machine to be fitted in February.

The city's first defibrillator was installed in the Hall for Cornwall's coffee shop in September.

Roger Gazzard, clerk to Truro City Council, said members were delighted to support this initiative and hoped that the Lions' appeal would grow to enable more PADs to be installed in the city.

Mr Wellington said the Lions would be especially pleased to hear of local businesses raising funds for their own PAD.

Donations can be made at www.mydonate.bt.com/charities/lionscluboftrurocharitabletrust

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