Public access defibrillator installed in Shrub End following successful fundraising campaign

A new defibrillator has been installed at the Co-op store in Shrub End, allowing the potentially life-saving device to be accessible to all in the event of an emergency.

The funding for the externally mounted wall cabinet and defibrillator in Shrub End has been a joint effort which begin in January this year. Costs for the installation have been met by the Co-op.

An East of England Co-op spokesperson said, “We were pleased to meet all the associated costs in relation to the installation of the defibrillator at our store in Shrub End.

“As the leaseholder of the property, we worked hard to get everything in place to ensure we could install the defibrillator at the site as quickly as possible.”

Linda Barton, Ward Councillor for Shrub End provided partial funding towards the device using £500 of her locality budget. “Residents were keen to fund raise for one on the Estate so I decided to kick-start the campaign with a £500 contribution,” she said.

“It was very much a joint effort with resident Debbie Shore setting up a just giving page; former Alderman Blaxill pupil John Greening getting the New Inn to hold a fundraising weekend; Resident Alan Gibbs giving me a cheque for £100 and other local residents buying raffle tickets.”

In the first few days, the defibrillator has already been deployed following an emergency 999 call.

Colchester Community First Responders (CCFR) are continuing their mission to encourage communities to install defibrillators around the town.

Kevin Boyle, a CCFR said: “We are continuously working to help communities deploy more defibrillators in their area. We will keep pushing for funds for these [potentially] life-saving devices and ask people to see where a defibrillator could be deployed in their area using the #stopthink90 second rule.”