Community funds new defibrillator in St. Marychurch precinct – Community Matters

By Amanda Lynn & Jennie Langridge, Community Builders for St. Marychurch, Babbacombe & Maidencombe

A new defibrillator has been installed on the wall of Molloy’s Pub in St Marychurch – a big thank you to Rich Molloy, who has kindly allowed this to happen.

Two years ago, the community of St Marychurch were having many conversations with us about the possibility of having an outside defibrillator in the precinct area.

There are others, but the nearest ones were at Chilcote Surgery at Hampton Avenue, St Marychurch and Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Three Degrees West at Oddicombe Beach, The Downs Hotel at Babbacombe Downs, and the tennis courts at Cary Park.

The community thought it would be a good start to fundraise for an outside defibrillator in the precinct of Marychurch.

With the help of Mark Kay, Penny Lane and David Ward and Babbacombe Residents’ Association, we organised two charity fun casino nights with auctions.

Singer Pat Burkitt also performed at BabbacombeCorinthian Sailing Club and The Dolphin Pub, and we raised £807.

We then very kindly got donations from the residents of Charlwood Court, Sea breezeHotel, St Marychurch and District Community Partnership and Fiesta Redflower shop.

Local businessman Phillip Sturgess – now sadly deceased – of O.C.P West, offered to provide free defibrillator training for the community, which was done over two days at St Marychurch and Babbacombe Conservative Club, who kindly laid on free refreshments.

However, what is really good to know is that you can not damage someone by not knowing how to use the defibrillator; it only works on someone having a heart attack.

The de-fib is easy to use, and the equipment talks you through the whole process so no one can make a mistake.

If you call 999, they will give you the number of the cabinet to open the defibrillator, and once you push the ‘on’ button on the defibrillator, it will guide you through every step. So please do not be afraid to use it.

We thank all the community for your support in raising funds for the defibrillator. You have all raised an impressive total of £2,031.50.