THE first Lyme Heartbeat Day raised £2,365 towards the purchase of potentially life-saving defibrillators for the town.
The Lyme Heartbeat group have previously raised funds for automated external defibrillators on the Cobb, at Monmouth Beach and at the rear of the Marine Theatre.
Their first Lyme Heartbeat Day, held on Marine Parade on Sunday, raised funds for further defibrillators, as well as maintenance costs of the existing equipment, and raised awareness of how to use them.
Automated external defibrillators are designed to be used by members of the public and are very effective at guiding the operator through the process. The device is used to give an electric shock to help restart a patient’s heart when they are in cardiac arrest.
Demonstrations on CPR and how to use the defibrillators were given on Sunday by local fire chief and First Responder Virgil Turner, a member of the Lyme Heartbeat group, and other members of Lyme Regis Fire Service.
There were also performances by the Harbour Voices shanty singers and local band T-20, as well as stalls and games raising funds for the cause.
A spokesperson from Lyme Heartbeat said: “A massive thank you to all those who supported the defibrillator fundraiser on Sunday and a big thanks to the local community and businesses who have contributed to our campaign, and to Harbour Voices and T-10 for performing.”
You can still donate to the cause online at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lymeheartbeat