The fantastic fundraising efforts of a Doncaster widow means that three town locations are now benefiting from livesaving equipment.
Pat Gardner of Balby lost her husband Terry in September 2009 after he collapsed suddenly in the street. Despite the efforts of the ambulance crew he sadly died.
Former nurse Pat decided she wanted to thank the emergency service for their assistance that day and set about raising money for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for the community.
Pat completed a 46-mile memorial walk from Doncaster to York in 2011, raising £1,400, and climbed Kinder Scout in the Derbyshire Peak District in September this year to raise a further £1,000. She said: “I wanted to thank the ambulance service for coming out to my husband and I didn’t want him forgotten. I wanted to do something special.
“It’s a lasting memory and it’s going to save lives.”
The money raised, along with matched funding from the British Heart Foundation, has bought three AEDs which are being placed in Doncaster Market, Cusworth Hall and Brodsworth Hall.
Community defibrillation trainer at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Warren Bostock said: “For every minute someone’s heart stops their chance of survival decreases by ten per cent. If we can get somebody on to one of these machines in makes their chances better.”
Doncaster Market’s business relations manager Amy Lindsay said: “With the market being a busy area of the town and not having a facility like this, we welcome it. There’s nothing like this down this end of the town. We’re more than happy to accommodate it and hope no-one should need it.”
Pat is planning to raise more money for further AEDs.