BIG-hearted patients at a Sheffield doctors’ surgery have helped pay for a life-saving piece of equipment.
Manor Park Medical Centre, Harborough Avenue, now has a defibrillator – which gives the heart an electric shock in case of cardiac arrest – for use in emergencies.
Money for the equipment was raised through a pie and peas night after the centre’s patient participation group decided to ‘give something back’.
The night, at the nearby Merrie Monk pub, which also included a raffle and games, raised half of the £535 needed, with the rest matched by the centre.
Wendy Mottram, practice manager, said: “We have a patient participation group and they felt they wanted to give something back. The focus of the group is to improve our service and they felt we offer a very good service.
“We thought we’d be ages raising the money, but at the first event they raised half, which was then matched.”
The group has now presented the defibrillator to the surgery – and in return were thanked with coffee and cake.
Wendy, who thanked the group and everyone who helped out at the fundraising night, said: “The defibrillator is there if we need it now – this is a place where people come when they are not feeling well. It could save lives. It’s really heartwarming.
“From an area with high deprivation they were able to raise that amount of money in just one night.”