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Bishop blesses defibrillator

Bishop blesses defibrillator

A new community defibrillator installed at a church in East Grinstead has been blessed by the Bishop of Horsham.

The defibrillator was fixed onto the wall of St Mary’s Parish Church Hall, East Grinstead after the PCC heard about a three-year campaign by Steve Morris, a cardiac arrest survivor.

The PCC decided that with so much happening on its doorstep it should host a defibrillator for the local community.

St Mary’s Church shares its site with its CofE primary school and its well-used church hall is used by many local organisations.

A busy recreation ground is on the same road as is the lower school for the local comprehensive. The main busy A22 is only 150 yards away.

Bishop Mark said: "Life is God's precious gift to us. Hosting a life-preserving defibrillator outside St Mary's Hall is an excellent idea and represents a concern for the common good of all those who live in the local community."

PCC member, Robert Everest, said: “We were very grateful when the local Lions Club offered to fund the purchase. The equipment was installed in a locked cabinet on the outside of our church hall. It is accessible 24 hours a day to anyone who dials 999.

“During June we are holding a Saturday morning launch event for everyone to come along. A parent in our congregation, who is both a senior paramedic and a school governor, will demonstrate and explain how these vital machines can be used by anyone without training to help save lives.

“We pray that the equipment may never be needed but we are pleased to host this for the community St Mary’s serves."

(Photo courtesy of Sarah Howland).