Teenager hits the tar­get for de­fib cam­paign

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ATEENAGER from Widnes has reached his goal of fundrais­ing for a com­mu­nity de­fib­ril­la­tor.

Aidan Jack­son, 16 chal­lenged him­self to raise enough money for de­fib­ril­la­tors to be fit­ted all around Widnes.

And just months af­ter start­ing the chal­lenge, Aidan has raised enough to have his first one in­stalled at Widnes Hall Care Home, Corona­tion Drive, Dit­ton.

He is now look­ing for the next place to have one in­stalled.

Aidan told the Weekly News: “I have had sev­eral meet­ings with North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, pro­posed sites for the de­fib­ril­la­tor and lo­cal busi­nesses so it has been a busy time.

“I am de­lighted to say I have now reached the to­tal to or­der the first com­mu­nity de­fib­ril­la­tor in coded case which is over £1,600. It has been con­firmed to­day that the com­mu­nity de­fib­ril­la­tor will be si­t­u­ated at Widnes Hall Care Home.”

De­liv­ery and in­stal­la­tion dates are not fully in place, how­ever Aidan will be keep­ing peo­ple up­dated.

Each de­fib­ril­la­tor will be in a coded case to pro­tect it against van­dal­ism and mis­use. For each de­fib­ril­la­tor and coded case it costs be­tween £1,500 and £2,000.

He added: “We are look­ing for a site for the sec­ond de­fib­ril­la­tor and are hop­ing that the site and com­mu­nity will get in­volved with fundrais­ing.”

Fundrais­ing for the life sav­ing equip­ment have been a com­mu­nity ef­fort. Aidan said: “I re­ceived gen­er­ous dona­tions from Glynn An­drews Car Sales, Danny Jones De­fib­ril­la­tor Fund, Widnes Rotary Club, Jaguar Hale­wood and An­drew Cur­phey The­atre Com­pany.

“Si­mon O’Rourke Tree Carv­ing do­nated a fan­tas­tic piece of crafts­man­ship that I auc­tioned and it raised £15.”

Do­na­tion points for spare change to help with rais­ing funds for a sec­ond de­fib­ril­la­tor can be found at: ● HomeS­mart Let­tings ● Al­phaS­mart Com­put­ers ● Ap­ple­ton Chippy ● Plumb Point ● Your Baby Scan

Aidan said: “I have also had a raf­fle and spot the ball cards which have raised more money to­wards the Com­mu­nity De­fib­ril­la­tor.

“I am cur­rently sell­ing Christ­mas Eve packs and nov­elty Christ­mas Eve items and all money raised from these is go­ing to­wards the sec­ond com­mu­nity de­fib­ril­la­tor in coded case.”

Aidan Jack­son re­cently made it to the North West fi­nals of the Pride Of Brit- ain awards and is also hold­ing his third an­nual Christ­mas carol con­cert fundraiser in the gar­den of his home in Fran­cis Close on De­cem­ber 22.

Aidan is still look­ing for a singer or choir to add to the en­ter­tain­ment lineup, which in­cludes princesses from Princess Par­ties Liver­pool, the War­ring­ton Bri­tish Sign Lan­guage Choir and they are hop­ing Santa will make a visit.

There will be small stalls sell­ing Christ­mas nov­elty items and mince pies, hot dogs, mulled wine and hot choco­late.

Every­body is wel­come and all that is asked is that peo­ple make a do­na­tion on the night.

All money raised from the night will go to­wards the sec­ond com­mu­nity de­fib­ril­la­tor.

The event is on De­cem- ber 22 at Fran­cis Close, be­tween 5.30pm and 8.30pm.

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