A LEADING campaigner who has helped install defibrillators across Burton has been handed a surprise cash boost by a town car firm.
Paul Calladine lost his father Keith in 2012 to heart problems and set up the KC Trust in his honour to try to install defibrillators in schools, sports centres and villages so that emergency treatment could be given to those who suffer a cardiac arrest, in the shortest possible time.
But, the Tutbury fund-raiser was left gobsmacked after Burton Kia, based in Moor Street, got in touch to make the trust its charity of choice for a special car promotion event.
This meant that the firm raised £1,100 after giving £25 for every car sold.
Mr Calladine said: “Burton Kia rang me and asked if it was OK for them to make my trust there chosen charity for their car promotion weekend they put on each year.
“The firm donates £25 for every car that it sells over the weekend.
“Burton Kia raised a great amount but, being the kind hearted company that it is, bosses added to it and donated £1,100 for the total amount needed for the unit.
“This is a great cause and I have approached Burton fire station next to Burton Kia to see if we can locate the unit on its property to allow it to be a public access unit and have it registered by the ambulance service as a unit available.
“I am awaiting their reply but in the mean time I am hoping that we can get some further focus on the cause.”
Anyone who is interested in supporting Mr Calladine is urged to contact him by emailing email@example.com
A spokesman for Burton Kia said: “We had an absolutely brilliant ‘big weekend event’ and from the off-set were more than happy to make our donation to the KC Trust, a charitable cause we know is very personal to Paul.
“It’s a pleasure to make up the donation to the full cost of a defibrillator and most certainly a cause we will continue to support in the future.”
This comes as the Mail continues it Stay Fit, Stay Alive campaign to get more defibrillators introduced across the area after a 64-year-old man was left brain damaged and fighting for life after suffering a cardiac arrest while working out at a local gym.
Mr Calladine added: “We need to make defibrillators as common as fire extinguishers.”