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A fundraiser by the Scouts has raised enough money for a community defibrillator to be provided to service two villages.

Indeed they may now be able to now provide three defibrillators in total after community events raised £4,000.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest and will potentially save lives and public access defibrillators can be essential.

Charity event raising funds for a community defibrillator at the Red Barn South Runcton, organised by the 2nd Runcton Holme and Watlington Scout Group.Andy Nicol, Skip, at the front with group members involved in the charity day, they are joined by Owen Claydon-Nicol from the East of England Ambulance Service (back right). MLNF-22PM03179
Charity event raising funds for a community defibrillator at the Red Barn South Runcton, organised by the 2nd Runcton Holme and Watlington Scout Group.Andy Nicol, Skip, at the front with group members involved in the charity day, they are joined by Owen Claydon-Nicol from the East of England Ambulance Service (back right). MLNF-22PM03179

A family fun day event was organised at the Red Barn in Runcton Holme who offered the barn free of charge and hosted by Andy Nicol, a Scout section leader for 2nd Runcton Holme and Watlington Scouts.

He said: "It was absolutely amazing and how we got in to this scenario was that my wife and I were asked during lockdown by the Scouts Association to do a new-style risk assessment and one question was where was the nearest defibrillator.

"When you need one every second counts and we asked the council if they would be happy for us to raise some funds for it.

Josh Maddocks performed at a fundraiser for the 2nd Runcton Holme and Watlington Scouts at the Red Barn in Runcton Holme to provide a defibrillator in the village. (Picture supplied)
Josh Maddocks performed at a fundraiser for the 2nd Runcton Holme and Watlington Scouts at the Red Barn in Runcton Holme to provide a defibrillator in the village. (Picture supplied)

"Loads of people have helped out and Recipharm have offered to gift us another defibrillator so potentially we will have three which I think is amazing."

Along with local disc jockeys, businesses providing raffle prizes, bands who all offered their services free of charge and the local Women's Institute providing tea and cakes, the magical event saw Josh Maddocks, a member of the magic circle (MMC) wow the attendees with his wizardry.

Mr Maddocks said: "I attended an event for a fundraising event for a defibrillator for the village.

Josh Maddocks performed at a fundraiser for the 2nd Runcton Holme and Watlington Scouts at the Red Barn in Runcton Holme to provide a defibrillator in the village. (Picture supplied)
Josh Maddocks performed at a fundraiser for the 2nd Runcton Holme and Watlington Scouts at the Red Barn in Runcton Holme to provide a defibrillator in the village. (Picture supplied)

"I offered my services free of charge for such an amazing cause, the target was to raise at least £1,500 for at least one defibrillator.

"After I finished my performance, I was called on stage and thanked for entertaining everyone and then I had the extraordinary honour of being invested as a Scout.

"The next morning, I woke up to the news that over £3,000 was raised."

Josh Maddocks performed at a fundraiser for the 2nd Runcton Holme and Watlington Scouts at the Red Barn in Runcton Holme to provide a defibrillator in the village. (Picture supplied)
Josh Maddocks performed at a fundraiser for the 2nd Runcton Holme and Watlington Scouts at the Red Barn in Runcton Holme to provide a defibrillator in the village. (Picture supplied)

Mr Nicol said: "It is simple to use a defibrillator and they are not just for the older generation.

"If someone needs a jump start there is now a public access defibrillator that can be used by the school opposite the scout hut and hope to place one on the border of Runcton Holme and Watlington that can be accessed by the Sports and Social club.

"It has been sterling work with everyone on the community helping out and making an impact on the community while showcasing Scouts in North West Norfolk."



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