‘Astounding’ response to 999 kit appeal

Appeal: Fund-raisers with one of the defibrillators
Appeal: Fund-raisers with one of the defibrillators
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A village pub’s campaign to provide one life-saving defibrillator has surpassed all expectations – raising enough for three.

Two of the devices are now in place after an appeal spearheaded by Chris Odix, landlady of the Forrest Arms in Longridge, to raise cash to buy a defib for the town.

They are in place outside the Forrest Arms and Longridge Vets – with the third planned for a site on Berry Lane.

And fund-raisers say there is still money left in the kitty to provide a fourth device for town.

Landlady Chris Odix and her husband Alan said they were ‘astounded’ by the community response to the appeal, which has raised £4,250 to date.

Alan also said he was “immensely proud” of Chris for all she has done to spearhead the campaign.

Alan, a manager for the Co-op Bank, said: “We were staggered, initially when we realised we would get one defib fairly early.

“We set our hopes on getting two and in the end were absolutely astounded by the support from regulars, from the businesses in Longridge and also the community of Longridge to have funding for three.

“We have now surpassed three and are on the way to getting funds for a fourth.

“It has been absolutely hectic and it has been amazing how many people have come forward and contributed.”