Two new defibrillators installed in Richmond

Staff and owners from donating businesses, with Lee Whitworth far right

Two more defibrillators have been installed in the Richmond thanks to donations from local businesses and individuals.

Community group Heart of Richmond is raising funds to provide the life-saving equipment across the town.

The first unit was installed in Darlington Road to serve the Whitefields, St Nicholas Road and Ronaldshay areas, with the device mainly funded by a grant from the council.

A defibrillator has now been installed on Gallowfields Trading Estate thanks to donations from R & W Gibson Tiling, Suzy Scissor Hands, Oliviers Furniture, Ply-Line Services, CJ Tennant, Gallowgate Motors, Richmond Motor Services, Aerial Exposure, Top Gun Paint Repair, Richmond Classic Motorcycle Restoration, Exhaust A Fix, Oasis Cladding, Victoria Garage, Dowse of Richmond, Caygill Cycles, KH Heating, Castle View Fireplaces, Swale Autos, Richmond Garage Services, R Bramley Motors, Lambs Welding, Gillys Trade Supplies, Centre Barks, Mac Plant, Crisop Accountancy and Steve Moss.

A further unit has been installed in Reeth Road thanks to donations from The Company of Mercers, Grocers & Haberdashers of Richmond, and also local residents.

The campaign is headed by ex-forces man, Lee Whitworth, a volunteer community responder who runs A&E Harmonious Compliance Training Limited with his wife, Alison, and Laura Morton, from Neeps & Tatties Greengrocers.

Lee said: “According to the British Heart Foundation, in the event of cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chances of survival by 10 per cent.

“For us, it’s of critical importance to improve people’s chances of survival and we would like to see a unit within half a mile of all Richmond houses.

“We’re so grateful to everyone who has donated and helped to make these defibrillators available, and would welcome support to enable us to continue this important work.

“We also welcome suggestions for the location of the next installation.”

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