Fundraisers put heart into donation

A defibrillator is donated to Astley High School and the community.
A defibrillator is donated to Astley High School and the community.

A key piece of lifesaving equipment has been donated to the community, thanks to the generosity of others.

Fundraisers at Seaton Terrace Social Club and Institution, in Seaton Delaval, have raised money for good causes over the last 20 years.

They have raised money for guide dogs, children needing special interventions, the Rake Lane Baby Unit and many other deserving groups and people.

And now they have helped purchase two defibrillators at a cost of £2,000.

Local organiser Mick French, who has been doing this work for over 20 years, said: “It is down to the members who give very generously every week. They are so kind.”

Paul Stott, secretary of the centre, said: “Through fundraising within our club we have purchased two fully automatic defibrillators at a cost of £2,000.

“One of the defibrillators will remain at the club for members and the wider community.”

He added: “We host numerous local groups and activities such as pensioners’ bingo, line dancing and keep fit classes, scout group meetings, ju-jitsu classes and many more.

“We are donating the second defibrillator to Astley Community High School, for pupils, staff and the public who use the library in the school.”

Coun Bernard Pidcock said: “The Club is at the centre of the community, and the many hundreds of people who use it every week have been magnificent in the way they support these causes, week and week out.”

“We are extremely grateful for their work and wish them well into the future.”

John Barnes, executive headteacher at Astley Community High School, said: “On behalf of everyone at Astley I would like to express my thanks to the members of the Seaton Terrace Social Club and Institute.

“This is an extremely generous and vital donation to our community.”