The fundraising efforts of Specsavers Cheltenham have been rewarded with the presentation of a defibrillator.
A campaign that kicked off in February and was spearheaded by James Tombs, a member of the team at Specsavers Cheltenham, has raised the £1,800 required to fund a new defib machine. It is now available to be used but will be kept inside the store until it can be installed directly outside.
Hampers for Hearts
James, who has a learning disability, joined the team at Specsavers last year as part of the Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project; an initiative run by the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust which helps people dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to them finding employment. The Hampers for Hearts appeal was his idea and involved asking for donations from local businesses to create four themed hampers which were then raffled off to raise money.
The defibrillator was presented to the store by Kaz and Michael Secker of Horus Med Supplies who have also kindly said that they will donate the outdoor defib cabinet which equates to a saving of £600. This means that once it’s been installed, Specsavers will be able to donate the remainder of the money towards providing another defib machine in Cheltenham.
‘We’re over the moon to have reached our fundraising target and now have the defibrillator in the store,’ said store director, Melanie Brackstone. ‘James didn’t realise it was arriving so it was a complete surprise for him and he was quite overwhelmed! We’re hugely grateful to Horus Med Supplies for making this special trip to Cheltenham and offering to donate the outdoor defib cabinet to us at no cost. Tidal Training and Cheltenham BID have supported our defib campaign from the start and we were delighted to have them with us on the day of the presentation.
‘We know that the chances of survival following a cardiac arrest decrease by 23% per minute, so it is vital that medical treatment is given as soon as possible. Having the defib in the store will ensure that if assistance is required urgently, those who require help can get it quickly.’