New life-saving equipment in Bestwood Village after successful campaign

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A community campaign to bring life-saving equipment to Bestwood Village has reached a successful conclusion.

Sherwood MP Mark Spencer officially unveilled a new community Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) that has been installed at the Thorougoods shop.

Mr Spencer has ben involved with the campaign ever since constituent Rosie Blyton-Flewitt first visited him to talk about the issue.

Rosie was only 16 years old when she first approached Mr Spencer. She was a student at West Notts College in Mansfield, studying public service, and had been working as a lifeguard at Hucknall Leisure Centre.

As part of her work, she took a course on how to use an AED. She discovered that the telephone box in Linby was fitted with a lifesaving AED but Bestwood Village, where she lives, did not have one.

Rosie, now 17, went collecting with the Hucknall Round Table Santa sleigh around Bestwood Village at Christmas time, and successfully raised £578 towards the defibrillator.

She told the Dispatch: “It was amazing that so many people came forward to donate money. I am really impressed by people.”

Mr Spencer said: “Rosie is a truly amazing young person. Following an appeal, we received some very generous donations from local businesses, groups and individuals who all wanted to help install a potentially lifesaving piece of equipment in their local community.”

The defibrillator was officially unveiled by Mr Spencer, who was joined by many of those who have contributed towards it, including Shredall, Bestwood Parish Council, Community Heartbeat Trust, Rosie Blyton-Flewitt, Hucknall Round Table and the owner of the shop where the defibrillator is to be placed, Onkar Jahall.