Second Stamford cafe appeals for defibrillator funds

Jenny Fitazpatrick with Hannah Darby
Jenny Fitazpatrick with Hannah Darby
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A second cafe in Stamford has started raising funds for a defibrillator following an appeal.

Cafe Black in High Street launched an appeal to buy a defibrillator last month. Owner Hannah Darby was overwhelmed when Stamford XT stepped forward and offered to pay for the full installation at a cost of £1,200.

But public donations at the cafe raised an extra £400 in the space of a week and Hannah decided to hand that money over to another business in the town to ensure more defibrillators could be bought.

The money has now been passed to The Fine Food Store in St Mary’s Street, where owner Jenny Fitzpatrick is going to replicate the campaign.

Hannah said: “I was delighted and amazed that the public and Stamford XT have all been so generous.

“Our customers and the general public have helped us raise £400 for a defibrillator for the town centre, so I have decided to pass our collection pot to another shop.

“It made sense for us to pass our collection pot onto another seven-day-a-week independent business, so we have decided to team up with Jenny at Fine Foods.”

Jenny added: “We saw the fantastic fundraising that Hannah, Jim and their team were doing for the defibrillator and we were very keen to work with them to continue.

“The defibrillator is a fantastic life saving tool that should be available to anyone who needs them in an emergency situation, as quickly as possible. We will keep you updated on the progress!”

The aim of the project is to try to raise enough money to purchase not only a defibrillator for Cafe Black and The Fine Food Store, but to continue to pass the collection pot on to other Stamford businesses.

Hannah already has interest from The Broad Street Practice.

She added: “I am hoping the public will continue to support this project so we can install defibrillators in different locations in town.”

To donate to the ongoing appeal, visit The Fine Food Store.