Tragedy in Gar­dens leads to fundraiser

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY EMILIA BONA emilia.bona@trin­i­tymir­ @emil­i­abona

BOTANIC Gar­den café own­ers have or­gan­ised a spon­sored walk to raise money for a de­fib­ril­la­tor af­ter a man died of a heart at­tack in the Church­town park.

The man is be­lieved to have suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest on Sun­day Jan­uary 29 while he was vis­it­ing the gar­dens. Brother and sis­ter busi­ness own­ers Stephen and Gail Set­tle tried to help save his life by lo­cat­ing a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

Gail, who has or­gan­ised the char­ity walk, told the Visiter: “A cou­ple of weeks ago a gen­tle­man had a car­diac ar­rest.

“I per­formed CPR and while Stephen was on the phone to emer­gency ser­vices we were in­formed that there was a de­fib­ril­la­tor in the bowl­ing green of Botanic Gar­dens but un­for­tu­nately it was all locked up be­cause it was the win­ter.

“We were then told there was one at the Hes­keth Arms, but this turned out to be un­true.”

Gail said the man had vis­ited the park sev­eral times be­fore and that her ex­pe­ri­ence left her feel­ing upset and frus­trated that a de­fib­ril­la­tor could not be ac­cessed. “It was up­set­ting to think that there’s things out there but no ac­cess to them and it may have saved his life.”

This set of tragic cir­cum­stances prompted Gail to or­gan­ise a fundrais­ing drive to get an­other de­fib­ril­la­tor sit­u­ated in the park.

Speak­ing to the Visiter, Gail said: “It is very im­por­tant. It’s one of those things where you try to shut the gate af­ter the horse has bolted.”

The coun­cil has also of­fered to con­trib­ute some money to­wards the new de­fib­ril­la­tor.

Gail set up a JustGiv­ing page to help raise some of the funds needed for the equip­ment.

The spon­sored walk will take place on Satur­day, April 29. Spon­sor­ship forms can be col­lected from Botanic Gar­den café.

Gail Set­tle, right, runs the Botanic Gar­dens café

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