Life Saving Defibrillator for Battle Residents

Virgins Lane

The hard work of Battle resident and Virgins Lane Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, Amanda Kerr, to get a defibrillator installed in Virgins Lane paid off when she contacted the Rotary Club of Senlac. The club funded the cost and arranged the installation of the machine which is now located at the entrance to Virgins Croft Virgins Lane, Battle. Amanda said that it had been difficult to get positive help and she had to contend with a number of “No, they should be in public places”. Amanda continued, “They are great in public places but there is also a need in residential areas; people have heart attacks at home as well. I had managed to raise some money but I was so happy and pleased when the Rotary Club of Senlac offered all the money. We were able to provide the post and board.” Amanda believes that Neighbourhood Watch should be more than just watching other people’s houses; it should also be about doing things in the community. A member of the Neighbourhood Watch, Charles Piddock praised Amanda’s efforts and said, “She was amazing, she worked so hard making phone calls, writing letters and her efforts have been rewarded. We could all benefit from this.”

The defibrillator was installed by the 1066 Community First Responders; Team Leader Adam Streatcher said, “Defibrillators save lives, every minute lost in starting treatment is a 10% less chance of survival.”

Geoff Gander, the defibrillator coordinator for the Rotary Club of Senlac, said, “The club have already funded three defibrillators in Bexhill, one in Hastings and have agreed to fund another for the community of Bodiam where the club’s annual classic car show is held.”

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