Lifesaving medical equipment was installed today in a busy Nottingham shopping area, thanks to an appeal by a local community page.
Mapperley People’s campaign, launched in response to public demand, has secured a defibrillator to benefit Mapperley Top’s shoppers, workers and residents.
The equipment was unveiled by Alan Dawson, who manages the local community website and James Roys, director at David James which donated the fundraising appeal’s £1,500 total in full.
Other personal donations have ensured that there are funds to maintain the equipment for eight years.
Located outside Top Tub launderette on the shopping precinct, the equipment was will be used by staff from surrounding businesses with whom East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) conducted a full training session.
Mapperley People’s Alan Dawson said: “We launched the campaign following a comment from a contributor highlighting the lack of round-the-clock access to a defibrillator on what is a very busy, vibrant high street.
“We know the Mapperley community is exceptionally supportive, but to reach our target within hours is fantastic and we’d like to thank the team at David James for its generosity.
“This is truly lifesaving equipment, and thanks to EMAS, the Borough Council, Top Tub launderette and David James, our high street is now an even safer place to shop, work and socialise.”
James Roys, director at David James said: “We’re delighted to be able to lend our support to the Mapperley People campaign and provide residents and shoppers with access to a defibrillator.
“As soon as we saw the appeal on the Mapperley People twitter page we didn’t hesitate to step in. We’ve had our head office here on Mapperley Top ever since our launch just under 27 years ago and as a local, family business we’re passionate about contributing to this outstanding community.
“It’s an honour to unveil this piece of vital equipment and thank Alan for spearheading this campaign that will make a real difference to local people.”