Public invited to learn vital lifesaving skills

THE local community is being offered the opportunity to learn vital lifesaving skills during Lyme Heartbeat Day, a defibrillator fundraising event to be held in the Marine Parade shelters on Sunday, September 16.

Lyme’s chief fire officer and first responder Virgil Turner will be leading demonstrations on how to use a defibrillator and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The training is one of the key priorities of the organisers behind the defibrillator fundraising campaign, ensuring the local community is ready and equipped to deal with someone who suffers a cardiac arrest.

Mr Turner (pictured) commented: “The more access we have to defibrillators in public places the better. It’s also vitally important for as many people as possible to be trained in lifesaving skills.

“The next time someone’s heart stops it could be your parent, your friend, your neighbour. That’s why we need you to come along.”

Demonstrations will take place at 11am, 12.45pm and 2.45pm.

Through a combination of crowdfunding, a ‘How Many Hearts?’ competition, entertainment and stalls, organisers are hoping to raise enough funds for the purchase and installation of additional public access defibrillators, while supporting maintenance of existing units in the town.

Full details can be found online at and you can donate directly to the crowdfunding campaign via the website

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