Woman’s cam­paign leads to de­fib­ril­la­tor’s ar­rival

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

A BAG­WORTH woman’s cam­paign to pro­vide a life-sav­ing piece of equip­ment for her vil­lage has paid off with the in­stal­la­tion of a de­fib­ril­la­tor at the com­mu­nity cen­tre.

Maria Crowie-McGrath’s fund-rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties raised al­most £3,000 thanks to Face­book, crowd-fund­ing, col­lect­ing tins, a cake stall, a char­ity dance, a Colour­fun run, a craft fair and a do­na­tion from the par­ish coun­cil.

Most of the money was used to buy the de­fib­ril­la­tor with the re­main­der be­ing given to the com­mu­nity cen­tre trustees for the up­keep of the equip­ment.

Maria said: “I was over­whelmed by all the help and sup­port from the lo­cal peo­ple in help­ing to raise the funds for this life-sav­ing piece of equip­ment. I hope it never needs to be used, but it’s com­fort­ing to know we have a de­fib­ril­la­tor in our vil­lage in such an unlikely event.”

Maria first be­came aware of the need for a de­fib­ril­la­tor when she was driv­ing through Thorn­ton and saw a man who had col­lapsed at the road­side. As a first aider, she stopped to see if she could help those ad­min­is­ter­ing CPR while wait­ing for an am­bu­lance to ar­rive.

De­spite their best ef­forts the man’s heart stopped and he would have died but for the ar­rival of the paramedics with a de­fib­ril­la­tor on board their am­bu­lance. Us­ing the equip­ment, the paramedics re-started the man’s heart and he sur­vived.

Im­pressed by the role the de­fib­ril­la­tor played in sav­ing the man’s life, Maria de­cided there and then to launch a cam­paign to buy one for her own vil­lage.

Maria’s cam­paign im­pressed lo­cal coun­cil­lor for Bag­worth, Chris Boothby, so much that he ar­ranged for her to be pre­sented with a spe­cial com­mu­nity award from the Bor­ough Coun­cil, in recog­ni­tion of her ef­forts for her com­mu­nity.

The Mayor of Hinck­ley and Bos­worth, Coun­cil­lor Ozzy O’Shea, pre­sented the award to Maria at a meet­ing of the full Coun­cil, in front of an au­di­ence in­clud­ing her fam­ily.

The Mayor, Cllr Ozzy O’Shea, presents the awards to Maria while looking on is Chris Boothby. Pic­ture: Ted Cot­trell

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