Double joy for Preston salon hit by defibrillator theft

Salon staff have spoken of their delight after a kind-hearted Post reader stepped in to replace stolen life-saving equipment.

Friday, 6th March 2020, 5:00 pm
Flame Urban Spa. Image from Google

A defibrillator worth £1,000 was stolen during a burglary at Flame Urban Spa, at the junction of Garstang Road and Blackpool Road, at around 10pm on Sunday, February 9.

Thieves were caught on CCTV forcing their way into the salon, causing hundreds of pounds in damage, before snatching the defibrillator.

Salon owner Nicola Dickinson said the defibrillator had been bought with money raised by the salon following the sudden death of a staff member’s husband from a heart attack.

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>>>Read more about the theft hereStaff set about trying to organise a fundraiser to replace the defibrillator, planning open days and raffles.

But last week Nicola was contacted by a friend of her mum’s who had spotted the article in the Post.

Nicola said: “The lady saw the appeal in the paper and came forward with the money to fund the defibrillator.

“She doesn’t want to be named, she just thinks what happened is awful and wants to help provide equipment that could save someone’s life.

“We all think it’s amazing. It shows that there are still nice people out there and that people still care for the community.”

News of the donation was the first of two boosts for staff at the salon.

This week they were also crowed Lancashire Salon of the Year at The English Hair and Beauty Awards.

Nicola added: “We were voted for by customers, so it means a lot. We’re all thrilled to be award-winning.”