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Gift to centre has benefited others

A donated defibrillator in Bognor Regis has led to the life-saving devices being installed in five other places.


The Laburnum Centre in Lyon Street sought help from The Co-operative Funeralcare branch in North Bersted to see if it could help to pay for the machine.


The employees were only too happy to help and, with their colleagues in Rose Green and Felpham, donated £950.


The defibrillator has been put in place to benefit the Age UK West Sussex centre’s near 1,200 members who enjoy more than 80 weekly classes.


Its arrival has prompted the charity to secure funds for defibrillators in its Adur, Arun, Crawley, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill centres.


Southern Co-op’s bereavement centre has been holding free monthly support groups there since last year.


Sarah Smith, Age UK West Sussex’s Bognor Regis manager, said: “Due to the growing numbers in our gym and exercise classes over time, we thought it was prudent to try to get a defibrillator.”


She said centre had a good relationship with Angela Austin, the funeral co-ordinator at the North Bersted branch, and was sure she could help out.


Angela said she was pleased to assist the centre. “It’s a real hub. Being part of a regional, independent co-operative, we do our best to support our local community through donations or volunteering so this was a perfect fit as the centre makes a difference to so many people.


“We are lucky to have this centre in Bognor so we were delighted to help them like they help so many others,” she said.

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