Fair Green Neighbourhood Association raises money for defibrillator in Diss
People have raised more than £1,400 to have a defibrillator installed in a phone box in Diss.
Last month, a raffle was held at the Cock Inn to generate funds to pay for the life-saving piece of equipment, which will be fitted in a disused BT phone box on Fair Green.
“We wanted it because there are a few defibrillators in Diss, but there isn’t one in this end of town,” said Tracey Taylor, who is a member of the Fair Green Neighbourhood Association (FGNA).
“We have a lot of people come here, including families and children, and we need to have something that’s accessible to everyone.
“We hope that nobody ever has to use it, but it’s good to know that we’ll have one here if the worst ever happens.”
With more than 20 prizes on offer – including shopping vouchers, selections of Christmas hampers and a 14lb Norfolk bronze turkey, organisers from FGNA managed to raise £1,403 in total.
The sum was helped in part by donations from businesses, such as Park Flowers, Fair Green Fish and Chips, The Angel Cafe and Monarch Water, with the latter chipping in a generous £250.
The G5 defibrillator itself, which will be installed in the coming months, was donated by Fair Green Bowls Club.
Of the money raised, £525 will go towards a heated housing cabinet for the equipment, £200 on its installation and a further £135 for insurance and maintenance.
“People were so generous, and gave us some really nice things to use for the raffle,” added Miss Taylor, who has lived on the green for 15 years.
“It just goes to show that people think its really important for us to have a defibrillator here and that the community feel strongly about the project.”
“Another reason to do this was to have a purpose to do something together, because that’s something we haven’t been able to for the past two years.”
Leftover funds will be spent on a training course for people, which is planned to take place early next year.