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Fund-raiser bid to help save lives across Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

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A TUTBURY fund-raiser who set up a charity trust in memory his father has raked in more than £11,000 to support his mission to bring lifesaving heart equipment to the Burton area.

Paul Calladine lost his father Keith in 2012 to heart problems and The KC Trust was set up in 2013 in Keith’s honour and is looking to install defibrillators in schools, sports centres and villages so that emergency treatment can be given to those with heart problems in the shortest possible time.

So far, the trust has raised enough to put four defibrillators in place, seven are on order and there is already funding for eight more.

Paul said: “Now we are looking to place defibrillators in rural locations which don’t have access to surgeries, places like Anslow where they have village halls or community centres but where you don’t always get a quick response from an ambulance.

“We also want to put them in sports complexes and all the junior and senior schools.

“We have just agreed to donate the next one to the sports academy at Robert Sutton.

“Wherever they are placed they save lives. They make a big difference.”

Keith was a big football fan who regularly watched the Brewers and who died after a game at Mickleover Sports.

Paul has taken part in the London, Edinburgh and Portsmouth marathons to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the nurses at Papworth hospital, who had looked after his dad after he underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery in 2010.

Anyone who wants to help Paul can contact him via email paul.calladine@molsoncoors.com

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