Morris dancers raise funds for defibrillators in Lyme Regis

Rob and Karen James of Lyme Heartbeat collect a donation from Lyme Morris

LYME Morris have donated £500 to Lyme Heartbeat, which will help with the ongoing maintenance costs of 10 public access defibrillators in and around Lyme Regis.

The money which was collected during performances by the morris side over the past 12 months and presented to Lyme Heartbeat co-ordinators, Rob and Karen James, by Lyme Morris squire Peter Morton during the group’s first performance of the season outside The Harbour Inn on Marine Parade last week.

A good-sized crowd watched the group perform several of their routines and Mr James gave a brief presentation on how defibrillators can help save lives in the event of a cardiac arrest.

A further £45.57 for Lyme Heartbeat was collected on the night.

Mr James commented: “I’d like to say a big thank you to Lyme Morris for this very generous donation which will help fund the purchase of battery packs which need replacing every few years plus the renewal of defibrillator pads which need replacing after every use or if they reach their expiry date.”

Defibrillators are live saving devices. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent. Using a defibrillator within three minutes can increase chances of survival by as much as 70%.

Each of the 10 units managed by Lyme Heartbeat is registered with South Western Ambulance Service and The Circuit, The National Defibrillator Network, which means a caller to 999 will be directed to their nearest device if one is required.

You can find out more about Lyme Heartbeat at lymeheartbeat.co.uk

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