Keep Thorney Beating reaches target

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Keep Thorney Beating – the fund-raising campaign to buy a life-saving heart defibrillator for the village – has reached its initial target after only a few weeks.

Lyn Batterbee, one of the organisers, said they were delighted the campaign had been so successful so quickly. “The village has shown its true colours, it’s fantastic,” she said.

One of the key elements in the fund reaching its £2,500 target was the decision by the family of Morris Spridgeon to name Keep Thorney Beating for donations in lieu of flowers at his funeral. Well over £1,000 was given.

“Morris did so much for the village, while he was alive,” said Lynn. “It’s wonderful to think that he is still helping people even though he’s not here.”

The fund also raised £950 from a fashion show in March, plus a donation of £500 from Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. Lynn managed to get £200 from Lloyds Bank because of delays by the bank in setting up an account for the charity and people have also put donations through their door in St Botolph’s Way.

This means that the heart defibrillator will be ordered in the next week or so and should be installed at the doctors’ surgery in early summer. There are plans for an open night at Bedford Hall where people will be able to come along and hear how defibrillators work and how they’re used.

Two people have also come forward to volunteer as “first responders” who would be on call to help operate the machine in an emergency and Lynn would be pleased to hear from anyone else interested in this role.

There’s a car boot sale and craft fair at Bedford Hall on May 10 and a coffee morning at 3 St Botolph’s Way on May 16. “It will be handy to keep some funds on deposit so we can pay for annual checks or for the machine to be recommissioned in the event that it’s used,” said Lynn.

If anyone wants to help, or to volunteer as a first responder, they can contact Lynn or Mick Batterbee on 270670.

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