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Joy as defibrillator installed in Norwich community

PUBLISHED: 06:07 03 May 2018

Paul Pottle and Heather Edwards with the Colman Road Defibrillator. Photo: Trevor Browne

Paul Pottle and Heather Edwards with the Colman Road Defibrillator. Photo: Trevor Browne

Trevor Browne

Residents, businesses and churches came together in an initiative to raise money for a community access public defibrillator.

This potentially life-saving piece of equipment has been placed on the wall of the NHS community care offices in Colman Road, Norwich.

It was funded by events at Earlham Library, St Anne’s Church Hall, collection boxes in shops, a lunch at Violet Elvin Court and by the individual generosity of people.

Paul Pottle, who organised the fund-raising with Heather Edwards, said: “We’ve been humbled by the kindness and generosity of the community in helping to make this possible. Money left over will go towards the purchase of another defibrillator.”

It is hoped it will be able to save lives quickly, lessening the need to wait for an ambulance.

The equipment, formally called an automated external defibrillator, gives a patient’s heart an electric shock when they have gone into cardiac arrest.


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