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GMFRS supports family fun day to raise cash for life-saving defibs

FIREFIGHTERS from Bolton Borough joined in with an Easter fun day in Kearsley where thousands of pounds were raised to save lives. 

The event was organised by Tracey Wilkinson who is the fundraising manager for Bolton ICD (implantable cardiac defibrillator) Support Group that was set up in 2006 to support patients and their families after an ICD had been implanted into a patient.  

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The group has since developed and now raises funds to equip schools and sports clubs with automated external defibrillators, so when our firefighters heard about the event taking place at the Easter weekend they couldn’t wait to get involved and help out. 

Watch Manager Paul Harrison, Farnworth Green Watch, arranged with Tracey for his watch and their colleagues from Bolton Central to attend the event along with an aerial appliance, at Kearsley Cricket Club on Easter Monday (April 6). 

Crew Manager Steve Coote, Green Watch Farnworth, said: “It was a wonderful event at a local cricket club which we had the pleasure of attending along with thousands of others. 

“Lots of people enjoyed a ride in our aerial appliance at the Bolton ICD event where funds for its ongoing fundraising campaign for defibrillators in Bolton were raised.” 

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Tracey said: “I was elected as fundraising manager for the Bolton ICD group in 2012 and launched the Defibs for Bolton campaign two years later. I cannot believe we are now approaching 100 defibrillators being purchased with funds raised so far! 

“The Easter family fun day was the first we have done of this type of event and we are overwhelmed by the huge success. Over 3,000 people came along from all over Bolton and beyond and the amount raised is still rising but we aren’t far away from £5k.”

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:31
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