Defibrillator is replaced in Gorleston after vandals wreck the old one

The defib has been replaced at Gorleston Links Bowls Club after vandals wrecked the old one. Photo:

The defib has been replaced at Gorleston Links Bowls Club after vandals wrecked the old one. Photo: Heart 2 Heart Norfolk - Credit: Archant

A community has rallied round to replace a life saving defibrillator which was destroyed by vandals.

The new defib outside The Celt pub in Gorleston. Photo: Heart 2 Heart Norfolk

The new defib outside The Celt pub in Gorleston. Photo: Heart 2 Heart Norfolk - Credit: Archant

Just three months after it was first installed outside the Gorleston Links Bowls Club house, the glass box was smashed and the defib was left on the floor in the rain.

The unit was put in place by Jayne Biggs who runs the Heart 2 Heart Norfolk group.

She started the organisation after one of the machines helped saved the life of her then seven-year-old daughter Violet after she suffered from a sudden cardiac arrest.

She was diagnosed with a rare heart condition called Long QT syndrome, which affects her heart rhythm, and had a special defibrillator installed in her chest.

Defibrillator vandalised at Gorleston Links Bowls Club February 10. PHOTOS: Jayne Biggs

Defibrillator vandalised at Gorleston Links Bowls Club February 10. PHOTOS: Jayne Biggs - Credit: Archant


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Now aged 11, Violet lives life to the full and recently took part in a dance competition in Blackpool.

Now, thanks to a donation by the Great Yarmouth Round Table, and one from Cllr Emma Flaxman-Taylor's ward budget a new one is in place.

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A total of nearly £900 was also raised through a crowdfunding effort online.

Those funds will now be used to pay to install further devices where they are needed.

Defibrillator installed at the Gorleston Lawn Bowling Green near the clifftop. Michael "Micky" Cox,

Defibrillator installed at the Gorleston Lawn Bowling Green near the clifftop. Michael "Micky" Cox, a cardiac nurse at the James Paget Hospital and Jayne Biggs Heart. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

Ms Biggs thanked everyone for their donations.

Following her daughter's recovery, Jayne set up Heart 2 Heart Norfolk with the aim of providing access to defibrillators in key locations up and down the east coast of Norfolk and beyond.

She has raised £22,000 and 17 defibrillators have been installed. She also provides CPR and defibrillator training to help raise awareness with the help of cardiac nurse Michael 'Micky' Cox from the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston providing the lessons.

Recently Ms Biggs has been in to her daughter's school Cliff Park Academy in Gorleston to deliver assemblies to the different year groups to explain about the life saving bits of kit.

A defibrillator has also been installed outside The Celt pub in The Quay, Gorleston.

Shane Shanahan from the pub raised money for Heart 2 Heart Norfolk to have one installed. He said wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who helped raise the money needed to get it in place.

He added that they have nicknamed the device Blakey after their friend with the 'dodgy ticker'.

To find out more about Heart 2 Heart Norfolk organisation go to: www.facebook.com/Heart-2-Heart-Norfolk

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