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Life-saving device installed at charity headquarters thanks to swim donations

Joe Annis, from Sentinel Lesiure Trust, presenting the defibrillator to Anne Willis, unit clinical lead for the Lowestoft St John Ambulance unit (centre). Picture: Mick Howes.

Joe Annis, from Sentinel Lesiure Trust, presenting the defibrillator to Anne Willis, unit clinical lead for the Lowestoft St John Ambulance unit (centre). Picture: Mick Howes.

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A life-saving device available for the community to use in the event of an emergency has been unveiled at a charity’s base in Lowestoft.

Members of the public being given CPR training at the unveiling of the defibrillator. Picture: Mick Howes.Members of the public being given CPR training at the unveiling of the defibrillator. Picture: Mick Howes.

The public access defibrillator was installed at the St John Ambulance Lowestoft headquarters in Oxford Road.

The device was paid for with proceeds from the town’s Christmas Day swim, organised by Sentinel Leisure Trust, and cost £1,500 to install along with a storage cabinet.

The defibrillator was unveiled on March 24 by the St John Ambulance team, with members of the public invited along for CPR training and to learn how to use the device.

Tony Curd, district manager for St John Ambulance in Suffolk, said: “Our training centre is very much a focal point in the local area and people can come here to use it in the event of a sudden emergency.

“We are encouraging people to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved and people using this device will make a difference.”

To find out more about St John Ambulance, visit www.sja.org.uk

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