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Cotswold Co-op employee takes leap of faith to help save lives

A Co-op employee from Moreton-in-Marsh has made a leap of faith to raise £3,500 for a life-saving defibrillator.

Christine Morgan, team leader at the food store in the High Street has spent the past year drumming up cash and volunteering with Cotswold Regional Community.

Her aim was to raise enough money to supply the village of Donnington with its first portable defibrillator, following a community-led request for funding from Community Heartbeat Trust.

Christine challenged herself to come up with fun and creative ways to raise money - her biggest being on April 24, when she completed a tandem skydive alongside three colleagues.

She also worked with Stephanie Thorne, Donnington resident and Cotswold Regional Community lead, to organise seminars at the local village hall and virtually on how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator.

Christine said: "I have had a fantastic year fundraising and volunteering for the Community Heartbeat Trust.

"I want to thank everyone that donated and supported me along the way and I am thrilled to have successfully been able to provide Donnington with their first defibrillator. I would recommend to anyone that can, to get involved with their local charities and communities."

Stephanie said: "I'd like to say a huge thank you to Christine and her Your Co-op Food colleagues, whose fundraising has helped make a potentially lifesaving difference in our community. The work carried out by charities like the Community Heartbeat Trust is extremely important and we're proud to have such devoted members."

Midcounties Co-operative has been working in partnership with the trust, the UK's leading provider of community defibrillator solutions, since 2013. To date, 42 defibrillator units have been installed across the Your Co-op estate.

Co-op staff are trained to make weekly checks of the defibrillators and register the findings on national database WebNos so the local ambulance service and community know the equipment is rescue ready.

It has also provided in-store training workshops for local people to learn how to use the equipment and has run regular free online sessions with the trust to raise awareness of the importance of defibrillators.

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