Wilton Arms Hotel fundraising for defibrillator

Date published: 02 October 2021

A fundraiser at the Wilton Arms in Middleton is raising money for a defibrillator to be installed at its premises.

Staff are aiming to raise enough funds for an automated external defibrillator to be installed in a sealed unit outside the pub.

A defibrillator gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest and it's an essential part in trying to save their life.

To help someone who is in cardiac arrest effectively, a defibrillator needs to be found as quickly as possible. For every minute it takes for the defibrillator to reach someone and deliver a shock, their chances of survival reduce by up to 10%.

The pub’s general manager Debra Woodward said: “If we manage to raise enough money and there is more than needed for one unit, we will offer the remainder towards a second unit to be purchased and installed at a prominent location in the community.”

A raffle will be drawn at the Wilton Arms on Sunday 3 October, with ticket sales going towards the cost of the life-saving device.

To aid in raising funds, local residents Paul Moore and Mark Smith took on the Welsh 3000s challenge on Saturday 24 September, which involves climbing to the summit of every Welsh mountain over 3,000ft within 24 hours, and without using transportation.

The duo, sponsored by Bulldog Metals and Global Auctioneers, competed the 15 summit challenge in around 25-hours, after covering 40 miles.

Mark said: “It was worth the effort to raise funds for an amazing cause. To say we struggled is an understatement.

“Thank you all for your amazing support.”

Donations can be made via JustGiving.

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