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07 July 2016

Melksham Area Board helps provide life saving equipment

The board didn't hesitate to award the money for this equipment as we all know what a wonderful and important job St John Ambulance does in our local communities

Jonathon Seed

St John Ambulance has bought some new potentially life-saving equipment largely due to funding help from Melksham Area Board.

The area board recently awarded St John Ambulance's Melksham Unit £1,000 to buy a specialist training defibrillator and some help to use the device. 

St John Ambulance is regularly seen in the community with its volunteers often providing vital support at local events. The service was keen to get some new equipment to give its volunteers the best opportunity to save more lives.  The training defibrillator will be available for St John's ambulance to train residents and communities with their own defibrillator in the use of the equipment.

Earlier this week, Wiltshire Council cabinet member and Melksham Area Board chairman, Jonathon Seed was pleased to officially handover the new device.

He said: "The board didn't hesitate to award the money for this equipment as we all know what a wonderful and important job St John Ambulance does in our local communities. 

"We know this equipment will be of huge benefit to them and help save lives when it is called upon."

The charity's regional fundraising co-ordinator, Kevin Dickens said: "All the money raised through the Donate for Defibs appeal in the South West is funding defibrillators for local St John Ambulance volunteers.

"The more defibrillators we have, and the more people who are trained how to use them, the better equipped we are to save lives."

Last updated: 7 July 2016 | Last reviewed: 7 July 2016

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