Lions unveil life-saving community defibrillator at Beccles train station

Lions president Fred Helsdon handing over the defibrillator to the mayor of Beccles Graham Catchpole

Lions president Fred Helsdon handing over the defibrillator to the mayor of Beccles Graham Catchpole along with other representatives at the opening ceremony at the Beccles Station Café. - Credit: Archant

A second life-saving community defibrillator has been installed in Beccles by the Lions Club.

The public access defibrillator is located on the outside wall at the entrance of the Beccles Station Café, which is part of the newly refurbished Beccles railway building.

It follows on from the launch of their first device in the town in January last year, and is available to use if someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest.

The equipment was officially unveiled by Beccles Lions president Fred Helsdon and town mayor Graham Catchpole.

Mr Helsdon said: 'Because of the tremendous support we received for the first defibrillator in the centre of the town at the Citizens Advice Bureau, we felt that we should aim to get another defibrillator for the town in another location where the public will be. So we set about fundraising again specifically for this to happen and a year on we are delighted to present our second defibrillator to Beccles town.

'Of course none of this would have been possible without the tremendous support of other local charities, the owner of the station building Jaqueline Crisp and the people of Beccles for all their generous giving. Plus a special thank you must go to the café manager Cathy Auckland, who has agreed to monitor the defibrillator by submitting all the necessary weekly, monthly and yearly reports to keep it fully operational.'

Mr Catchpole thanked everyone who had been involved in the project, and said: 'I'm delighted to see the community spirit of individuals and businesses coming together yet again to enable the Beccles Lions Club to provide this second defibrillator to the town of Beccles. I believe this now means Beccles has a total of six defibrillators around the town, which are available to use should they be needed for an emergency. We must always remember what a life saver a defibrillator can be in an emergency should anyone have a cardiac arrest while in the town.'

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The Lions have been working with the Community Heartbeat Trust and on Saturday, March 18, they will be providing a free community defibrillator seminar at Beccles Station Café from 11am until 1pm.

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