Stamford Town Council backs defibrillator scheme

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Councillors have lent their support to a woman’s campaign to get defibrillators installed in Stamford town centre.

Dannii Vincent, who leads the Dosh4Defibs appeal, asked Stamford Town Council’s strategic development to back her plan to put the life-saving equipment on the walls of public buildings around High Street.

Dannii has already managed to get defibrillators installed in every Stamford primary school, but wants them to be accessible in the town centre 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

She put her case to the committee, and councillors decided to back the appeal and take it to a full council meeting for a final decision.

Town clerk Patricia Stuart-Mogg said the committee was fully supportive of Dannii’s idea, but it would have to go before all councillors at the next meeting on July 28 before any action can be taken.

Separate to Dannii’s campaign, several businesses in Stamford have also launched an appeal to fund defibrillators. It was started by Cafe Black co-owner Hannah Darby, who quickly raised the full £1,200 needed thanks to Stamford XT.

The collection tin has been passed to The Fine Food Store, and will then be passed to another businesses once the £1,200 target is hit once more.

Dannii said: “I am really pleased that local businesses are now getting on board following my campaign and doing what they can. It really is fantastic to see my efforts are paying off and everyone is now noticing how important these really are.

“These defibrillators I am assuming will be inside the buildings and therefore only accessible during open times. What we are doing is placing them in the streets so they are accessible all the time.

“I am so thrilled Cafe Black and now The Fine Food Store are stepping up. It is very encouraging to see our local businesses act in this way, and maybe we could work together to put them onto external walls instead, with us possibly funding the external lockable cabinets. This would give Stamfordians a greater chance of survival in a cardiac arrest.”

Dannii is happy to advise anyone who wants to know more about defibrillators. You can contact her at www.facebook.com/Dosh4Defibs.