Fundraisers are looking for a final push to complete a near £1,000 appeal to install a life-saving, community defibrillator at Clough and Risegate Community Primary School.
The nearest defibrillator to the school in Chopdike Drove, Gosberton Clough, is four miles away at the Lincolnshire Co-op in High Street, Gosberton.
We have a lot of outlying homes down the fens and the droves and by the time residents get to the Co-op and back it would be too late.Fundraiser Justine Bower
Defibrillators deliver a shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm but the Gosberton machine is too far away for Clough and Risegate residents facing a medical emergency.
Justine Bowers, one of the fundraisers, said: “We have a lot of outlying homes down the fens and the droves and by the time residents get to the Co-op and back it would be too late.”
The defibrillator will go on the wall of the primary school car park, where it will be accessible to anyone in need 24/7. It is also planned to have adult and paediatric pads so the machine can be used to help people of all ages.
The location was chosen to cover more densely occupied areas of the village together with easier access for the outlying fen road and drove residents.
Justine said the defibrillator will be easy to find as the school is an instantly recognisable landmark to most people and it is also signposted on the road for anyone unfamiliar with the area who may need it.
The £999 quoted by EMAS includes defibrillator equipment, a heated cabinet and a training session open to anyone wanting to attend.
So far the fundraisers have raised £774 and have thanked all contributors who have helped.
The school is coordinating the donations and anyone who wants to contribute can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01775 750297.
Collection boxes can also be found at The Duke of York and The Black Horse pubs in Gosberton Risegate.