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Pat’s a life-saver at Doncaster tourist spots

Handing over the defibrillator is Pat Gardner (second left) with Doncaster Markets facilities manager John Clarke, business relations manager Amy Lindsay and Yorkshire Ambulance Service's communuity defibrillator trainer Warren Bostock.

Handing over the defibrillator is Pat Gardner (second left) with Doncaster Markets facilities manager John Clarke, business relations manager Amy Lindsay and Yorkshire Ambulance Service's communuity defibrillator trainer Warren Bostock.

A widow’s fundraising efforts mean three South Yorkshire tourist attractions are now benefiting from life-saving equipment.

Pat Gardner, of Balby, Doncaster, lost her husband Terry in September 2009 after he collapsed in the street.

He died despite the efforts of an ambulance crew.

The former nurse decided she wanted to thank the emergency service for their efforts and set about raising money to buy automated external defibrillators for the community.

Pat completed a 46-mile memorial walk from Doncaster to York in 2011, raising £1,400, and climbed Kinder Scout in the Peak District in September to raise a further £1,000.

She said: “I wanted to thank the ambulance service for coming out to my husband and I didn’t want him to be forgotten. I wanted to do something special. It’s a lasting memory and it’s going to save lives.”

The money raised, along with match-funding from the British Heart Foundation, has bought three AEDs which are being placed in Doncaster Market, Cusworth Hall and Brodsworth Hall.

Doncaster Market business relations manager Amy Lindsay said: “With the market being a busy area of the town, and not having a facility like this, we welcome it. There’s nothing like this down this end of the town. We hope no-one should need it.”

Yorkshire Ambulance Service says for every minute someone’s heart stops their chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent.

 

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