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Lions seek support for life-saving project in Cheltenham

Cheltenham Lions Club's key project at present is to provide a defibrillator in a telephone box in Pittville Park, Cheltenham.

To do this they are arranging for the conversion of the red telephone box on Central Cross Drive, Pittville, to house the defibrillator.

Lions Club president Mike Clark said: "This device could save the life of anyone suffering cardiac arrest in the vicinity. Survival rates show that time is critical in providing life-saving support following a cardiac arrest and the defibrillator we have ordered is intended for use by the general public."

The device chosen is high tech as it has both audible and video instructions to aid the user. The Park, especially this year, is extremely popular with both locals and visitors and the location has been chosen for this reason.

The plan is to have the defibrillator up and running by the end of January 2021 subject to planning consent which is underway and, it is understood, is likely to be agreed, and BT have already officially agreed to the phone box being used for a defibrillator.

Lions Club member Martin Shorland, who is managing this project, said "This is obviously an expensive project, costing over £2,000, and we are therefore seeking support from local businesses in the form of sponsorship. We are looking for sponsors to contribute £250 to £500 each depending on the amount they feel able to donate.

"This support would be recognised on our website and Facebook pages and in leaflets and include sponsors' logos. We would acknowledge the sponsors' support in our articles and would

include and make their support clear in our dealings with the media leading up to the launch."

For more information and to sponsor this project, please contact Martin Shorland at the Cheltenham Lions Club at jolashorland@gmail.com 

The Lions Club is a charitable organisation which aims to serve the community, for instance by raising funds to help people in need locally.

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