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Rotary gets to the heart of the matter

Rotary gets to the heart of the matter

As more communities become aware of the life-saving necessity of defibrillators, so a Rotary club in Kent has been helping to purchase these vital pieces of equipment for local organisations.

Rotary Folkestone has been actively working with the Kent coastal community in supplying defibrillators.

Defibrillators provide high energy electric shocks to the heart through to chest wall to someone who is suffering a cardiac arrest.

They are becoming more prevalent in communities across the UK, and are regarded as an essential life-saving step in the chain of survival.

The Folkestone club recently presented a defibrillator to the new Marigold Centre for Wellbeing and Arts based at Age Concern Cheriton.

The centre has recently been refurbished and club President, Peter Wright, made the donation to Debbie Barry.

The Rotary members made a similar presentation the Folkestone Harbour Master, Lorraine Hughes.

“We are delighted to donate this essential equipment within the harbour arm to support those that may require this facility which, in turn, provides an added value emergency response within this area for the general public to use,” said Ray Johnson, from Rotary Folkestone.

However, the club hasn’t stopped there.

The members donated food parcels, blankets and made a donation of £325 for their annual Boxing Day Lunch for the Homeless.

rotary members smiling cheque fundraising for christmas

The Rotary Club of Folkestone celebrate their donation to their annual Christmas Day Opening for Lonely People.

The club also donated more food parcels and blankets, plus a £350 donation for their annual Christmas Day Opening for Lonely People.

Ray Johnson added: “The charity do some sterling work primarily within the Cheriton area and support their clients with daily music and activities at their centre.

“In addition they have a retail goods shop nearby.”

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