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Congregation raises funds for life-saving equipment

A west Cumbrian congregation has joined forces to raise money to buy some life-saving equipment.


Members of St Michael’s Workington, are being asked to donate £10 each towards the cost of a new defibrillator which could be sited at the church.

The fundraising is all part of a countywide initiative to raise enough money to buy 100 of the machines – which cost £1000 each - in 100 days.

The campaign was launched by the chairman of the county council Alan Barry last month.

Now worshippers at St Michael’s have given their support to the scheme.

Canon Bryan Rowe, Rector of St Michael’s and Rural Dean os Solway, came up with the idea to support the scheme.

He said: “This is such a worthwhile cause and it is something that is attainable. If a hundred people who come to our church give £10 each, then we’ve raised the money.

“This is another example of us, as a church, helping our community. Outreach work is so important and if this means that one person’s life can be saved then it’s worth every penny.”

A defibrillator delivers an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest. A shock is only administered when the machines fail to detect a heartbeat.

It’s planned that the 100 defibrillators would be sited in metal boxes across the county and would be accessed by keying in a special code.

The St Michael’s defibrillator would be sited outside the parish rooms.

The church appeal was launched on Sunday and already £260 has been raised.

A leaflet drop is also planned to advertise a coffee morning on 14 September, with all proceeds going to the defibrillator appeal.

A donation box is also available in church and people can also make donations at the Parish Office which is just inside St Michael's church. 



For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Officer, on 07984 927434 or at or Rev Richard Pratt on 07788 728508.


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