‘Lifesaving’ role for Young Citizen

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A Young Citizen of the Year will unveil a new defibrillator this week.

The Buckingham AED Project has now raised enough funds to achieve the installation of three public-access defibrillators in Buckingham.

The group’s latest fundraising took place with the support of TescoBuckingham, and featured a tombola organised and run by a Tesco staff member in the entrance to the London Road store.

This raised the final balance of funds needed to reach the group’s initial target.

The second machine is now installed at the Tesco store.

It will be officially inaugurated by Buckingham Young Citizen of the Year, Olivia Parkinson, at 12.30pm on Friday.

Olivia will be asked to use the machine to ‘save’ a volunteer victim of cardiac arrest who suddenly collapses to the floor near the store entrance.

Everyone is invited to come and watch the event.

The Buckingham AED Group hopes to convince people that any member of the public can save a life by using a defibrillator.

A third device will soon be placed in the town centre.

The group will then move on to the next phase in its campaign, to encourage and raise funds to support the training of some new first responders for Buckingham.

Anyone wishing to help in any way should contact Geoff Shaw on 01280 812547.