Cinderford defibrillator campaign hits target

Friday 22nd October 2021 9:08 am
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A CAMPAIGN to install a heart defibrillator outside the Miners’ Welfare Hall in Cinderford has reached its target just weeks after starting.

A cheque for £820 raised by Cinderford Tae Kwon-Do Club was presented at a charity concert held at the hall on Saturday night (October 16) towards the final total of £1,500.

The Tae Kwon Do Club, who meet at the club on Saturday mornings, held a kickathon with every student completing a challenge to do 1,000 kicks.

The club had aimed to raise £500 but smashed the target, raising £820.

Instructors Ken Penman and Melinda Shaw-Penman presented the cheque at the concert which featured entertainment from the Kevin Rhodes Show.

Chairman of the Miners’ Hall. Steve Halifax said: "Thanks to Cinderford Tae Kwon-Do, the raffle, the public’s support and another £300 donated by the Miners’ we’ve raised the amount we need for the defibrillator to be installed."

Cinderford Tae Kwon-Do instructor Ken Penman said, "We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our Tae Kwon-Do family and beyond.

"You never know when you may need access to a defibrillator.

"Statistics show that in the UK only one in 10 people survive a heart attack, whereas the numbers are closer to one in five in the USA and one in three in Europe.’’

* The Lions Club of the Forest of Dean is offering communities the opportunity to apply for a defibrillator.

For more information visit www.forestlions.org.uk

A CAMPAIGN to install a heart defibrillator outside the Miners’ Welfare Hall in Cinderford has reached its target just weeks after starting.

A cheque for £820 raised by Cinderford Tae Kwon-Do Club was presented at a charity concert held at the hall on Saturday night (October 16) towards the final total of £1,500.

The Tae Kwon Do Club, who meet at the club on Saturday mornings, held a kickathon with every student completing a challenge to do 1,000 kicks.

The club had aimed to raise £500 but smashed the target, raising £820.

Instructors Ken Penman and Melinda Shaw-Penman presented the cheque at the concert which featured entertainment from the Kevin Rhodes Show.

Chairman of the Miners’ Hall. Steve Halifax said: "Thanks to Cinderford Tae Kwon-Do, the raffle, the public’s support and another £300 donated by the Miners’ we’ve raised the amount we need for the defibrillator to be installed."

Cinderford Tae Kwon-Do instructor Ken Penman said, "We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our Tae Kwon-Do family and beyond.

"You never know when you may need access to a defibrillator.

"Statistics show that in the UK only one in 10 people survive a heart attack, whereas the numbers are closer to one in five in the USA and one in three in Europe.’’

* The Lions Club of the Forest of Dean is offering communities the opportunity to apply for a defibrillator.

For more information visit www.forestlions.org.uk

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