LEIGH and Thorpe Bay Rotary Clubs joined forces with the Carli Lansley Foundation to install the 15th defibrillator of their two-year project to donate these lifesaving machines to the local community.
The Mayor of Southend, Coun Stephen Habermel unveiled the machine at Kent Elms library, alongside members of Rotary, local councillors and Sarah of Sarah’s Chocolate Kitchen in Rayleigh Road, who invited everyone back to her premises for tea and snacks.
Suzannah Scott, the Library Operations Group Manager said: “I am thankful to the Rotary Clubs of Leigh on Sea and Thorpe Bay and the Carli Lansley Foundation for this amazing contribution to the local community.
“Southend Libraries are always keen to support local initiatives and are pleased to have been chosen to help save lives.”
So far, eights machines have been installed on the seafront as well as at Leigh and Kent Elms libraries, Shoebury Garrison Heritage Centre, Southend in Sight, Belfairs Pharmacy, Thames Drive and Thorpe Bay Broadway.
They are all placed on the outside of buildings giving 24/7 access to the public, and once installed, they are maintained by Rotarians.
Among the many who turned out to see the unveiling were Karl Langsley, who said: “This morning there was a wonderful community spirit with so many being drawn together in one place, in respect of something we hope will benefit all local residents.”
Picture: Southend’s Mayor unveils the new machine.
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