Community fundraisers in Brockdish have hailed the ‘tremendous response’ from all parties which has enabled the village to procure life-saving equipment.
A new community defibrillator, for use by members of the public during medical emergencies, was unveiled at the village hall on Wednesday, October 21, following months of fundraising, which brought in between £2,500 and £3,000 from businesses, local organisations and residents.
Peter Coxson, who helped to spearhead the fundraising along with his wife Janet, told the Diss Express: “We have done it in what feels like a record time. We are very pleased and very grateful to everybody who helped fundraise and make donations.
“It’s very important, especially in smaller villages. We get a lot of people walking the Angles Way, and now if there is a problem, the defibrillator is there.
“It helps the village and the community as a whole.”
Amongst the donors who helped to meet the cost of the defibrillator were the British Heart Foundation, Musker McIntyre, Saffron Housing, Adnams Brewery, Harleston Lions, Brockdish Primary School and Doyle Electrics, in addition to fundraising initiatives by local people and contributions from the parish council and South Norfolk Council.