Six-strong team aiming for 'huge impact' from defibrillator fundraiser
- Credit: Zoe Stimpson
A group of support staff are gearing up for their first canoeing challenge in the hope of buying a life-saving defibrillator.
Zoe Stimpson, alongside five other members who work at a respite care service on Alder Close in March, is aiming to canoe to and from Upwell to Salters Lode.
“We are raising the money to be able to buy a defibrillator which will be used in our service and also for the surrounding areas,” Zoe said.
“We are aiming to raise £1,000.
“All the people that are taking part in this fundraiser are all support workers like myself that support individuals with learning disabilities.”
You may also want to watch:
None of the team taking part have done any canoeing before, but the group are not new to challenging themselves for charity.
The cause they have fundraised for in the past is Real Dreams, which like their upcoming fundraiser on September 20, has tried to benefit the wider community.
- 1 Child rapist, 57, behind bars for sexually abusing three children
- 2 'We will improve' believes new Wisbech St Mary boss after opening defeat
- 3 'Loving, caring family man' dies in hospital weeks after A141 crash
- 4 Work to improve A47 between March and Peterborough begins
- 5 Dramatic pictures catch harvester on fire in 4am blaze
- 6 Princes win top food and drink industry award
- 7 Illegal poachers stopped in their tracks by eagle-eyed public
- 8 Stolen French bulldog reunited with Wisbech owners 160 miles away
- 9 Envar deny responsibility for county's fly invasion
- 10 Man dies in three-car A47 crash and another remains in life-threatening condition
“Currently it is myself, Amy Phillips, Sharon Watson, David Richardson, Sam Cunnington and there will be another member canoeing,” said Zoe.
“Together, we have all been here between two and 22 years.
“We are all going to the gym, we are finding the preparations are going ok. We keep team meetings for what is going to happen on the day.”
More community organisations and sports clubs are also purchasing and installing defibrillators.
In July, a fundraiser in Christchurch helped try to purchase and maintain existing machines in the village.
As of the same month, charity Defibrillators For All recorded 37 machines in March compared to 48 public access defibrillators in Whittlesey and surrounding villages.
“It will have a huge impact on our local community as we don’t have a defibrillator close by to us in case of emergencies,” Zoe added.
“There are two other supported living bungalows next to us, which will have access to the defibrillator and also the public will have access in case they needed it.
“We are starting to get nervous as it’s getting closer but we are looking forward to the experience."
To donate, visit the team’s GoFundMe page at: https://bit.ly/2YtkitT.