Portishead Lions' 25th live-saving defibrillator inside five years installed

PUBLISHED: 15:54 06 October 2019

Portishead Lions installed its 25th defibrillator in September, Picture: Portishead Lions

Portishead Lions installed its 25th defibrillator in September, Picture: Portishead Lions

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An initiative which could save lives in North Somerset has gone from strength to strength since it was launched five years ago.

Portishead Lions Club installed its 25th defibrillator last month after investing more than £70,000 for the project since it was launched five years ago.

The club's 25th defibrillator was installed at the Methodist church in Redcliffe Bay's Queens Road on September 5 after the church donated £1,000.

The Lions stumped up the remainder of the cash, as it continued its efforts to install several units of the life-saving equipment - which is used to treat people suffering a cardiac arrest - between Abbots Leigh and Weston-in-Gordano.

The Lions has paid for a unit at St George's Hall, in Easton-in-Gordano, which will be installed imminently.

There are plans to install two more defibrillators at Portbury Primary School and Clapton-in-Gordano at the cost of £5,000 to complete the project, with fundraising underway.

Project leader Andrew Hill said: "We would like to thank the public and many companies which have supported this project.

"Several local electricians have installed the defibrillator units free of charge, saving the club more than £6,000.

"We would also like to thank all the unit guardians who inspect the defibrillators and cabinets every two weeks."

The club, which has 20 members, is hoping to educate more people on the importance of defibrillators.

Mr Hill added: "We are looking to demonstrate these defibrillators to any public meeting and would like to thank the headmaster of Gordano School in allowing us 
to do demonstrations at assemblies.

"We are also doing demonstrations at St Katherine's School in Ham Green."

The Lions club has called for more people to ensure the defibrillators are operational for years to come.

Mr Hill said: "Fourteen months ago the Lions club started to look for 300 people to donate £10 per annum on a standing order to provide for ongoing maintenance of the units.

"To date, 180 people have signed up."

For more information on supporting the Lions' efforts, call Mr Hill on 01275 818200.

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