Groups work together to give village a lifeline

A defibrillator, supplied by Horsham Community Responders from money raised at a recent quiz night, has been installed on the wall outside Mannings Heath Village Hall.

The quiz was organised by the Millennium Group, who put on charitable and social events throughout the year in the village, and it attracted well over 100 quizzers on the night. Marc Harrold, team leader of Horsham Community Responders, suggested that it would be wonderful to supply a defibrillator for the village hall in Mannings Heath, as that was where the funds were raised. The committee that run the Village Hall has had the vital lifesaving piece of equipment fitted and will take responsibility for its maintenance. The defibrillator is fully registered with the ambulance service and, upon dialling 999, the code to the cabinet will immediately be issued to the caller.

Village Hall Committee Chairperson, Barbara Scarborough, said: “With the increasing use of the hall facilities, and regular activity on the village green, the defibrillator will be a vital asset for this very busy part of the village, to the hall users and village residents alike”.

Chairman of the Millennium, Group Roger Cato, added: “Following a good fun evening, where a lot of money was raised through the participation of villagers, it is great that Horsham Responders have put the money back into the village and that this vital device is situated here at the Village Hall”.

Mannings Heath Village Hall is used by a variety of local groups on a daily basis and is a popular local venue. In addition, the adjacent Village Green is home to Nuthurst Cricket Club and is a focal point for families and dog walkers.

Mannings Heath resident and Horsham Community Responder, Ali Harmer, said: “Responders are now looking to hold a short course in the village hall on CPR and defibrillator use as soon as possible for those who are interested”.

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Picture: Ali Harmer, Roger Cato and Barbara Scarborough at the handover of the defibrillator.

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