New campaign aims to Keep Thorney Beating!


A fund-raising campaign has been launched to buy a defibrillator for the village.

The equipment could save the life of someone who has suffered a heart attack and the plan is to put it on the wall inside the porch at the doctors’ surgery so it’s available any time of day or night.

Behind the campaign are Mick and Lynn Batterbee of St Botolph’s Way. Mick and Lynn, backed by their family, have set themselves to task of raising £2,500 to buy the equipment and install it.

The campaign — called Keep Thorney Beating — kicked off with a fund-raising fashion show at the Bedford Hall in March and there’s a coffee morning planned at their home – 3 St Botolph’s Way – on Saturday, May 16.

The group is keen to hear other ideas for raising money and from anyone willing to help. They are also on the look-out for people willing to act as first responders to help if someone has suffered heart failure.

Mick had the idea of providing a defibrillator after a friend’s life was saved by one sited in John Lewis in Queensgate. The machines (like the one pictured) are now quite common in public places – stations, shopping centres and also at strategic points in towns and villages.

The machine is designed to restart the heart after an attack and is simple to use, being designed to be operated by untrained people. It sits inside a special case, but would be accessible 24 hours a day.

“We thought the doctors’ surgery would be the best place for it and they were kind enough to agree to put it inside the porch,” said Mick. “It’s the obvious place, people will know it’s there and it’s pretty central for the village.”

The group has a Facebook page which you can find at For more information, or if you’re willing to help, call Lynn or Mick Batterbee on 270670.

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