Fundraising efforts buy new defibrillator for Market Drayton

A community has unveiled a new lifesaving defibrillator – with another two potentially on the way.

Market Drayton Town Crier Geoff Russell is joined by members of the Friends of Market Drayton Community Amateur Sports Club to unveil the town's new defibrillator
Market Drayton Town Crier Geoff Russell is joined by members of the Friends of Market Drayton Community Amateur Sports Club to unveil the town's new defibrillator

The equipment is fixed to the wall outside Market Drayton Community Amateur Sports Club, after fundraising efforts by the friends of the club.

The group set out to raise £1,500 for the defibrillator, but after an overwhelming response from local residents, there is enough left over to buy two more.

Potential locations to host the other two defibrillators are currently under consideration.

Andy Wilson, a member of the Friends of Market Drayton Community Amateur Sports Club, said they had been overwhelmed at the level of support for the fundraising.

Initially the group had started by using the money raised at a weekly coffee morning to go towards the project.

But those attending started to bake cakes, take fruit and veg, and add the contributions to the campaign.

There have also been charity bike ride efforts, as well as a letter sent to householders asking if they would support the initiative.

Mr Wilson said: "We are very, very pleased to have achieved the aim. The fundraising and the generosity of the local public has been amazing.

"The donations came in thick and fast. The response from the general public was absolutely amazing.

"It all started with Geoff Russell the town crier, he was the main instigator and the initial thought process behind it and I have helped with the admin.

"We hold a coffee morning at the sports club every Tuesday, from 10am to 12pm. That was the basis we did it on, that the money raised from that would go towards it.

"Then people started baking cakes, bringing fruit and veg, and it has just kicked off from there.

"It has taken a huge effort and a lot of generosity from people to get to this place and we are very thankful for everyone who has played a part."

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