Star readers help buy lifesaver

CASH raised by Evening Star readers has gone towards saving lives in Hadleigh.The Sudbury branch of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), teamed up with our Suffolk Superheroes campaign of last year, to split the cost of a £3,219 defibrillator for the town's health centre.

By Tracey Sparling

CASH raised by Evening Star readers has gone towards saving lives in Hadleigh.

The Sudbury branch of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), teamed up with our Suffolk Superheroes campaign of last year, to split the cost of a £3,219 defibrillator for the town's health centre.

It was presented to Dr Christopher Squire this week, and will be used in future to treat heart attack victims.

Doctors at the health centre are members of Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS), for which our appeal raised £28,000.

They are called out by the ambulance service to accidents or heart attack victims in the Hadleigh area covering about 200 square miles of countryside.

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They can often be on the scene before an ambulance, to provide the highest standard of care within the life-critical early minutes.

Colin French, administrator for SARS, said: "We are very grateful to the Evening Star and the BHF who have funded four of these defibrillators in Suffolk in the last year.

"SARS are well supported by the Hadleigh community and the proceeds from the carnival were donated to the Evening Star for this equipment in Hadleigh."

Brenda Clabburn, area organiser for BHF presented the defibrillator with the members of the charity's Sudbury branch. She said although BHF is a research charity, it also provided lifesaving equipment.

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