Tragedy in Gardens leads to fundraiser
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