Group to raise money for life-saving equipment for a Cromer landmark

A recovering substance group are putting their efforts into raising cash to see a north Norfolk landmark get its first ever piece of life-saving equipment.

This week voluntary organisation, The Lighthouse North Norfolk Community Association, launched its project to get a community public access defibrillator (CPAD) placed on Cromer Pier.

Members Allen O'Keefe and Ann Gray said they felt 'really proud' to be part of the project.

She said: 'The group are all really pleased with what we are doing and what we have done so far.'

Mr O'Keefe added: 'By doing this we are helping each other to help others - it's all for a good cause.'

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The group have already managed to raise �150 of their �2,000 target by taking to the streets to do a bucket collection on the Olympic torch relay day - July 4.

The group are arranging further bucket collection dates and coffee mornings to raise more money and hope to hold a public awareness day with MP Norman Lamb in the spring.

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Andy Roberts, Cromer Pier front of house supervisor, said this would be the first time the pier had a permanent defibrillator housed there.

'When we have shows on we always have St John's ambulance members in attendance but we don't have a defib here all the time.

'The nature of our business, we have a lot of folk here and the pier is an ideal location for one.'

The project is also supported by the Red Cross, RNLI, Voluntary Norfolk, Poppyland Partnership and Cromer and Mundesley first responders.

First responder Peter Wright will assist with the project.

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