Wicken Green stages mass yard and car boot sale to buy a defibrillator

Villagers in Wicken Green with some of the items which will be included in their yard sale to raise

Villagers in Wicken Green with some of the items which will be included in their yard sale to raise funds for a defibrillator. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

The life saving cardiac equipment would also be available to people in nearby Blenheim Park, meaning it would protect a community of more than 300 homes.

It is hoped it will be installed in a BT phone box on Rose Walk, at the centre of the estate.

The village's first fund raising event will be a giant yard and car boot sale on Saturday.

Lorraine White, one of the organisers, said: 'Our nearest appliance is Syderstone, which could be too far away when time is of the essence.

'We have in the past year had at least three incidences where the equipment could have been of use.

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'Syderstone residents are being very supportive and helping us, they have also given us a generous donation to get our fund on it's way.

'Many residents from Wicken Green and Blenheim helped Syderstone residents to raise funds for their defibrillator and they would like to reciprocate to help us out. We have also had the promise of a donation from Tattersett Parish Council.'

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The machine, cabinet and training sessions for volunteers will cost £2,500. Tattersett Parish Council has agreed to donate £1,000, while Syderstone Community Fundraising is donating £500.

Paul Flint, vice-chair of Tattersett Parish Council, said: 'Lorraine and Mike White have instigated the whole thing for a very worthy cause.

'They let us know they were having a fund raising event, so I suggested we talk to the parish council and see what we can come up with.'

At least 30 homes will be having yard sales, between 9am - 1pm on Saturday, and maps will be available on the day.

Items on offer outside the Whites' bungalow on Rose Walk will include a retro 70s Spacehopper, inflatable crocodile and a viking warrior's hat.

There will also be cake and plant stalls, books and bric-a-brac nearby.

Any non residents wishing to have a car boot stall can turn up and set up from 8am for a minimum donation of £5 to the fund.

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