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Defibrillators and community Don’t Lose Hope charity donation come from Len Pick Trust

The Len Pick Trust has made two worthwhile donations recently.

The Bourne-based charity, which was founded by the late Len Pick, has handed over a new publicly accessible defibrillator to benefit the community of Dyke.

The machine is housed in the redundant village telephone box and will be maintained by the Dyke Village Hall Committee.

Trustee Gerry Burrows, when handing the machine over, said: “We know just how important these machines are and while we hope it never has to be used, I am sure that our founder would regard its provision as a suitable use of part of his legacy.”

Mr Burrows and fellow trustee David Bower handed the defibrillator, which shocks the heart, to chairman of Dyke Village Hall committee Dr Brian Parkinson. Local resident Cathy Carter, who has been instrumental in obtaining the use of the telephone box, was also invited to attend.

A donation of £10,000 has also been made to the Don’t Lose Hope Charity, which will be based at the former NatWest building in Bourne.

The charity will offer a professional counselling service for all members of the community from the age of four. It will be free to those receiving certain benefits and affordable for others.

Don’t Lose Hope will also provide a community café which will offer access to support groups, workshops, and advice. The café will be open every day and run by volunteers and trained professionals.

Len Pick Trust vice-chairman Kevin Day together with fellow trustee, Kay Henderson were delighted to meet Nicola Brister, lead counsellor of the charity to hand over the cheque.

Kevin said: “This is really an inspirational and exciting volunteer-led project which we are sure will bring significant benefits to the local community and we are delighted to offer our

Nicola said: “We are truly grateful for the very generous support of the trust at this formative stage of our journey. Thank you Len Pick!”

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