Stanway receives gift of new defibrillator at popular fast-food restaurant

A new life-saving defibrillator has been installed at the popular McDonald’s drive-thru restaurant in Tollgate Retail Park, Stanway.

The potentially life-saving device, part-funded by local businesses including McDonald’s franchisee Craig Newnes, and supported by locality budget funding from Stanway Ward Councillors and the Stanway Action Team, has been installed in partnership with the Colchester Community First Responders (CCFR’s) and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Martin Ford, Colchester Community First Responder said: “It’s great to see a local business supporting our campaign to increase defibrillators around Colchester. The whole of Tollgate retail park is now within 90 seconds of a public access defibrillator. By the end the of this year, CCFR’s will have deployed 17 devices across the Borough.”

McDonald’s restaurant in Tollgate was recently reopened by Witham and Stanway MP Priti Patel following an extensive £2 million refurbishment. Franchisee Craig Newnes said: “I’m so pleased to be able to work in partnership to provide a defibrillator at Tollgate McDonald’s. It’s a great addition to the local community and if needed, can hopefully help save someone’s life. I am proud to be involved with its installation and potential use going forward.”

Jeremy Hagon, Stanway Action Team member and campaigner for defibrillators across Stanway said: “I’d like to thank Craig Newnes of McDonald’s for allowing this potentially life-saving device to be installed on their new building.

“Thanks also go to the Community First Responders in Colchester who were instrumental in supplying the bright yellow heated cabinet at short notice and lending out one of their own defibrillators whilst we await delivery.”

“This defibrillator is one of the first highly visible devices in Stanway, now available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will soon be joined by another round-the-clock defibrillator at The Stanway School on Winstree Road following a successful summer fundraising campaign with the CCFR’s.”

CCFR’s are raising funds for new life saving equipment to expand their team across the Borough at

Jeremy Hagon is an editor for Jumbo News.

Pictured: Jeremy Hagon, Craig Newnes and Martin Ford holding a new defibrillator for Stanway