Invitation to defibrillator training session at Bourne Arts and Community Trust

Wake House, North Street, Bourne.
Wake House, North Street, Bourne.
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People have been offered the chance to learn a lifesaving skill at the official unveiling of a defibrillator at a community centre.

The equipment installed in the foyer of Wake House in North Street, Bourne, will be formally presented to Bourne Arts and Community Trust on Friday.

Trust members hope to see as many residents as possible at the presentation, where they will be able to learn how to use the machine.

Company secretary and trustee Greg Cejer said: “Defibrillators save an amazing number of lives in the UK and while we all hope that we never need to use one feeling confident in doing so will save precious time.”

The defibrillator has been funded by the Len Pick Trust and former Bourne county councillor Charlotte Farqharson, who made a donation from her councillor big society fund.

It was installed at Wake House before Christmas but will be formally presented by Len Pick trustees at 7pm on Friday.

Following the presentation there will be a training session on how to use the machine in case of an emergency.

This will be provided by members of the Bourne branch of the Red Cross, led by Trevor Hollinshead.

It will be relatively short and will involve those who want training on basic resuscitation techniques.

Drinks and biscuits will be provided for those who are attending.

Mr Cejer said: “The trustees are grateful to the Red Cross for their support. We are inviting any interested members of the public to join us to find out how these machines work.”

He added: “We are a community based organisation and the defibrillator will be accessible at all times Wake House is open.

“While there are a number of other defibrillators in the town this will be one of the most accessible for the centre of town.”

The trust hopes to be able to offer 24/7 access to the defibrillator in the future.

If you would like to attend the training session contact Tracy Grimshaw at Wake House on 01778 393517 or e-mail