Richmond cafe raises money for community defibrillator

The charity founders with the Morro Lounge team.

A Richmond cafe is raising money to fund the purchase and installation of a community defibrillator in the town.

Morro Lounge is raising funds through a series of challenges and a raffle.

Conor Roberts, general manager at the cafe, will be completing a virtual bike ride to Bristol and back, the location of the first Morro Lounge) totalling 600 miles.

Head chef Tom Coates-Trewhitt will attempt 12 hours of CPR on a training dummy while supervisor Rebecca Smith is braving a sky dive.

The cafe is raising money for Heart of Richmond, which was founded in 2022 by former serviceman Lee Whitworth, who owns A&E Harmonious Compliance Training Limited with his wife Alison, and alongside Laura and Dave Morton, from the town’s Neeps & Tatties shop.

In the last 12 months, the charity has seen the installation of nine defibrillators in the town, with two more awaiting installation and pledges from another two companies.

Those, combined with the one being supported by Morro Lounge, would take the total to 14.

Lee said: “The support from our local community has been inspirational.

“From corporate donors to individuals, local businesses taking collection tins and people donating their time to help make this happen, we’re truly in a position where we can provide vital equipment to save many, many lives.

“On behalf of Heart of Richmond, I’d like to thank everyone for their support, and a special thanks to Morro Lounge for this huge undertaking.”

Morro Lounge’s raffle will be drawn on June 30, with tickets available from the café.

Prizes have already been donated by local businesses Little Drummer Boy, The Turf Inn, Sip, The Buck Inn, JB Beauty, Sunitras Thai Restaurant, Richmond Brewing Company and A&E Harmonious Compliance Training, and further donations are welcome.

The charity is supported by its founders mentioned above, as well as installation by Jason Hammond from HSF Steel, graphic design from Richard Hickman at Lime Lizard Design and PR & social media from Lizzie Turner at Peachy Digital.

This project is funded through donations which can be made by businesses and individuals, with details available at https://www.facebook.com/HeartofRichmondNY/.

Donations via the Morro Lounge can be made at https://gofund.me/686a0d49