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Death of dancer spurs group into raising funds for defibrillator

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

21/03/14 Defibrillator presentation - Henhurst Hill, Burton Defibrillator presentation from Arizona Drifters....Janet Sharratt and Ann Tunstall (Arizona Drifters), Nigel Slater (First aider), Colin Dawson (supplies defibrillators), Eunice Ireland (Sec. He

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MEMBERS of a country and western club in Burton have raise more than a £1,000 to find a defibrillator, after one of their fellow members suffered a heart attack last year.

David Wilde died during a session at the Arizona Drifters Country and Western Club. Members tried frantically to revive him after he collapsed, but they were unable to His tragic death spurred other dancers into raising money for the machine, which can be used to try to restart somebody’s heart when they have suffered a heart attack.

Through the generosity of members and supporters in the local community, they reached their target earlier this year, and they were able to present the machine to the Henhurst and District Recreational Club on Friday.

“We have done very well. It’s a real achievement,” member Janet Sharratt told the Mail. “I think we were all very keen to raise the money. The country and western people are very generous, and if there is something going like this, they are more than happy to put their hands in their pockets.

“Because of what happened to Dave, people were there, and I think the importance of something like this hit home for a lot of them.”

The club raised the money – a total of £1,240 – through weekly raffles and contributions from the local community.

Burton Big Band and the Henhurst Hill Bowlers were among those who gave money.

“Thank you to everyone who donated,” Mrs Sharratt said.

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