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Church congregation hits life-saving target

A west Cumbrian church congregation has raised enough money to buy vital life-saving equipment – in just one month!

It took members of St Michael’s Workington only four weeks to raise £1,000 to pay for a new defibrillator which could be sited at their church.

The fundraising was part of a countywide initiative to raise enough money to buy 100 of the machines in 100 days.

The campaign was launched by the chairman of Cumbria County Council, Alan Barry, in July.

And last month Canon Bryan Rowe, Rector of St Michael’s and Rural Dean of Solway, called on his parishioners to support the scheme.

He said: “This has been a tremendous effort on everybody’s part. In the first week of fundraising we’d collected £260 and that momentum has just grown.

“It’s a great example of how the face of Christian love can reach out and make a real difference to a community.

“Hopefully it will inspire others across our county to realise that the goal of a hundred defibrillators in a hundred days can be achieved.

“If one person’s life can be saved by through this scheme then it will be worth all the effort.”

Initially congregation members were asked to donate £10 each. There was also a donation box in church and donations could also be handed in at the Parish Offices.

The fundraising was boosted by a coffee morning last Sunday, and the £1,000 target was reached with a £70 donation made in church on Sunday.

The congregation’s efforts have been welcomed by Cllr Alan Barry who said: “This just shows what the church and community can achieve in such a short time.

“It shows tremendous commitment on everyone’s part and it demonstrates to others across the county that we can achieve our aim of a hundred defibrillators in a hundred days.”

It’s hoped that the St Michael’s defibrillator will be sited outside the parish rooms.

Notes for editors:

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.




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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