Thanks to funding through district councillor and centre trustee Stuart Lawson a new defibrillator is to be located at the community centre. By using part of his community enabling budget Mr Lawson was able to fund this piece of life saving equipment for the Kesgrave Community.

Regular hirer and first aid trainer Tony Williams of APW Training has been offering workshops for staff and hirers to be trained to use this vital piece of equipment. The defibrillator will be in place for emergency use at the centre within the next couple of weeks.

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District Councillor Stuart Lawson(left) and first aid trainer Tony Williams with the new defibrillator at Kesgrave Community Centre.

Mr Lawson said: “I am very pleased to use part of my enabling community budget to help towards the funding of this defibrillator.
“KWMCC is a real hub of sporting, recreational and business activities for Kesgrave residents and surrounding areas for young and old alike.
“Hopefully the defibrillator is never required but by having it on site, if it is needed, it could give valuable help at short notice.
“With the installation and training required now complete I’m sure it will be an asset to the community centre.”

Centre manager Cheryl Tye added: “KWMCC is pleased to be able to provide a defibrillator for use should any of our hirers be taken ill whilst using the facilities. It is reassuring to know that so many willing individuals from clubs and organisations were prepared to give up their spare time to undertake defibrillator training with local trainer Tony Williams from APW Training.

“KWMCC is grateful for the financial support through ward councillor Stuart Lawson’s, enabling budget, and whilst we obviously hope that no-one will be taken ill, we know that if they are, they will be well looked after until the blue-light services arrive.”