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Latest instalment of community defibrillator in Long Melford helps project move closer to achieving its target




A community initiative has moved a step closer to achieving its target of providing 10 life-saving pieces of equipment in Long Melford.

The latest defibrillator to be installed is now stationed at The Royal British Legion Social Club in Cordell Road – thanks to Project Seven, which organises the annual Big Night Out fireworks display.

Project Seven have installed the eighth defibrillator in Long Melford, funded from last years Big Night Out event..Pictured: Andrew Hagger (Project Seven) and Tommy Cook (Chairman of Long Melford Royal British Legion Social Club)..PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (42166061)
Project Seven have installed the eighth defibrillator in Long Melford, funded from last years Big Night Out event..Pictured: Andrew Hagger (Project Seven) and Tommy Cook (Chairman of Long Melford Royal British Legion Social Club)..PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (42166061)

Andrew Hagger, president of the long-running charity, said he and his team were delighted to see proceeds from the popular attraction go towards such a worthy project.

“Heart attacks are among the highest causes of deaths,” he said. “The sooner people get first aid, the far greater the chances of survival are, so it’s crucial that we have the equipment all spaced out in the village for easy access.”

The defibrillator is the eighth device to be installed, with a further two planned in the village to meet the group’s target of 10.

While the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose a threat, Mr Hagger said the team had no choice but to cancel this year’s fireworks display in November.

“We thought the risks far outweighed the reasons for running it,” he said, adding that the scale of the safety measures would have been too challenging to achieve.

“All our stewards are volunteers and to have put people under that amount of pressure would have been too much.”

A popular model competition, which sees youngsters from Long Melford Primary School create their own Guy Fawkes from various materials, will still go ahead.

Mr Hagger said he hopes the charity will be able to host a bonfire in the school’s playing field.