Keep Thorney Beating – the fund-raising campaign to buy a life-saving heart defibrillator for the village – has raised £3,500 since February.
A coffee morning on Saturday added £475.85 to bring the total up to £3,493.35.
Lynn Batterbee, one of the organisers, said they now had enough money to buy the machine and she is placing the order as soon as they have been able to arrange public liability insurance. The machine will be sited at Thorney Medical Centre on an external wall by the entrance, so it’s available to use 24 hours a day.
The coffee morning was at Lynn’s home in St Botolph’s Way and she said she was really grateful for the support. Books and gifts that were not sold will be given to charity shops raising money for the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research and also handed on to the Royal British Legion Women’s Section for their coffee morning at Thorney Ex-Servicemen’s Club on May 30 (full details in our Events section).
Keep Thorney Beating also hopes to recruit a small team of villagers willing to act as “responders” to help if the defibrillator is needed. Their job would be to provide support to help the machine to be used properly and also make sure it was kept safe after use. Full training will be given and if anyone would be willing to volunteer they can contact Lynn or Mick Batterbee on 270670.