Community spirit and generosity have resulted in Pebsham having its own mobile defibrillator - with three trained responders close at hand should emergency
It’s been achieved by the detemination and hard work of Steve and Julie Goodfellow of the Pebsham Bar and Social club in Seabourne road and their regulars who have raised almost £4,000 for charity in the last three years.
They have held car washes and fun days, and Julie even overcame her fear of flying to take part in a sky dive to raise funds for the British Red Cross.
They have also been able to donate to charities such as the Chestnut Tree children’s hospice, Starlight and Help For Heroes.
However the idea to purchase a defibrillator came from reasons closer to home, as Steve explained: “We are really proud. We have been here for just under three years and there has been £3,900 of funds raised.
“What happened is that a lot of our members are quite elderly and very sadly we have lost an awful lot of them last year, and in the beginning of this year, purely because of age. A lot of them do suffer with heart problems so we thought what we would do is raise enough money for Pebsham to have its own defibrillator for the local community - and the members did that with us. The defibrillator is in the porch of the club and we have got three fully trained responders that live on the estate nearby, who are so close they can respond within two minutes. Hopefully it will help save a few lives.
“We are really pleased that even with the recession and how hard things have been that we were able to meet this target. We try to encourage the idea of getting everyone together for the benefit of the people and the community.”
Steve, Julie and their supporters were able to achieve £1,100 and South East Ambulance service then donated the alarmed outer casing for the debrillator in response.
They held a celebratory launch at the club on Saturday which was attended by Town Mayor Cllr Frances Winterborn.