Staff at Specsavers in Bedford have earned lifesaving rewards by taking part in a tough triathlon challenge in April.

Earlier this year, members of the team volunteered to take part in the triathlon in order to raise money for a store defibrillator.

After completing the course, Specsavers Bedford as now raised the necessary funds to cover the cost of a defibrillator and the training to operate it.

The store recently welcomed Vikki Darby, a member of East England Ambulance service, who led a training session. This provided members of staff with basic first aid training alongside the vital information necessary to operate a defibrillator in a time of crisis.

A word from the store director

Matt Stewart, store director of Specsavers Bedford, said: ‘We would like to thank everyone again who made a donation to support us with the triathlon. We are thrilled that we met our target, which has resulted in being able to buy the defibrillator for the store.

‘We would also like to thank Vikki for spending the time training us on the defibrillator and sharing her knowledge with us. Having this training has given the members of the team really valued skills on how to use the machine with confidence in a crisis situation.

‘We believe it is vital for all stores to have a defibrillator on site. A previous incident at our store involving a member of the public highlighted the need to have access to a potentially lifesaving device.’

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