Councillors buy lifesaving equipment for Hesketh Park

Cambridge Ward Councillors inspect newly installed defibrillator in Hesketh Park

A cross party political coalition has raised money for Hesketh Park to acquire a potentially lifesaving defibrillator.

Cambridge Ward Lib Dem councillors Sue McGuire and Pat Keith joined forces with Conservative representative Harry Bliss to pay £2,500 for the crucial machine from ward funds.

These machines can play a critical role in public areas and to have one installed at Hesketh Park is tremendous,” said Dr Simon Tobin of Norwood Surgery.

It is even more important to have one now since the launch of the highly successful Hesketh Park run which draws hundreds of people every Saturday morning.”

Councillor McGuire said “With more people than ever are using Hesketh Park. We not only have the Saturday parkrun but there are also regular health walks and people walking their dogs and taking the air in the lovely surroundings. This life saving piece of equipment is a welcome addition and safeguard.”

Conservatives Counillor Bliss said: “ I am delighted to contribute to the purchase of this machine if anyone has a cardiac arrest the chances of a positive outcome for the sufferer can be dramatically increased with the use of an Automated External Defibrillator.”

Councillor Keith said: “While I would hope the defibrillator never has to be used we have to be prepared for all eventualities, especially with the much greater usage of the park, and having it there provides assurance.”

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