Charity effort to buy lifesaving medical kit

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FUNDRAISERS at Hucknall Leisure Centre are hoping to jumpstart an initiative that could save a life.

Lynn Davey, an exercise instructor at the Linby Road venue, wants to collect enough money to buy a defibrillator for the centre.

This is a machine which gives the heart an electric shock which could be vital in some cases of cardiac arrest.

For every minute that passes without defibrillation, chances of survival decrease by 14%. Research shows that use of the machine within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chance of survival.

Lynn said: “People do not realise how important a defibrillator can be in keeping someone alive until the arrival of an ambulance.”

The cost of a defibrillator is £1,500, which includes the cost of training staff to use the machine.

The first of three fundraising events will be a zumba session — a form of aerobics to Latin American music — at Broomhill Junior School, Hucknall, on Sunday from 11.30 am, organised by Bec Mayes.

This will be followed by a big highlight — a sequence dance at the leisure centre on Saturday May 26 from 7.30 pm until 10.45 pm. With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee imminent, there will be a ‘Last Night Of The Proms’ theme, with the colours red, white and blue prominent, and a raffle will be organised during the evening.

Then a fun-filled aqua session will take place in the leisure centre pool on Friday June 1 from 8.45 am to 9.30 am, again with the accent on red, white and blue features.

Support for the initiative has come from Coun Kevin Rostance, a Hucknall Conservative member of Notts County Council. He has pledged to match any figure up to £500 raised from the dance and raffle with a donation from his members’ initiative fund.

Lynn is a seasoned campaigner as a fundraiser, having collected thousands of pounds for charities including Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Rainbow Children’s Hospice in Loughborough.

She said: “I am very much hoping for the same generous response to the defibrillator appeal. I can’t think of a more worthy cause.”