Caroline Flint and Mayor Ros Jones joined parish councillors and residents for a Rossington Race Night fundraiser to raise the money to complete the Rossington defibrillator programme.
Said Caroline: “It was a fantastic fundraising evening. The defibrillators cost around £1,200 per unit and this fundraiser raised the last £600 needed for the last defibrillator in the village, which will be located at Brodsworth Way Pavillion. Congratulations to local first responder, Paul Reed, and to Ken Guest and his fellow parish councillors who have ensured that Rossington is the first village in the borough to be completely covered by defibrillators.
“The newly installed units have been used three times in the last three months, which shows the lifesaving potential of defibrillators.
“I know that Rossington has had tremendous support from Doncaster MBC, and it was great that Mayor Ros Jones was here to support the event. The local Fire Service also fitted the first defibrillator in the village.”
Said Parish Council Chair Ken Guest: “It was wonderful to have Caroline Flint and Mayor Ros Jones supporting this important fundraiser. We are very proud that everyone in Rossington will now live close to a defibrillator, on hand every day of the year. No one plans for heart attacks, but we can plan to save lives. And our defibrillators have already been used in emergencies. This has been a great team effort.”
The defibrillators, which are open to the public 24 x 7, 365 days a year, are based at: Brodsworth Way Pavillion, St Michael’s School, the Fire Station on West End Lane, Weldricks Pharmacy on Grange Lane, Miners Welfare on West End Lane. The sixth will be located on Gattison Lane. All the above organisations covered the cost of fitting the units and supplying the electrical work for each unit.
Further defibrillators are located at Rossington Memorial Hall as part of a new scheme for defibrillators that are available only during certain times of the day. The Parish Council also part funded a defibrillator for Rossington Main Football Club as they have over 400 players, although this is not open to the wider public.
All are now registered with the Ambulance Service who will maintain the defibrillators for the next ten years. If anyone rings 999 they will be directed to their nearest defibrillators in the first instant if needed whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive. Paul Reed is also supporting more training sessions with the support of himself and other local First Responders.
Top right: Under Starter's Orders - Ros Jones and Caroline Flint prepare their bets.
Left: Caroline Flint, Parish Council Chair Ken Guest and Mayor Ros Jones.
Right: Time for a game of Stand Up Bingo between races.