Volunteers from the Pudsey Defibrillator Project have thanked the community for their overwhelming support during their recent awareness walk.
Not only did they surpass their initial fundraising goal, but also nearly doubled it, with the current total standing at an impressive £960.
The walk aimed to raise awareness about the locations of defibrillators in Pudsey and the essential maintenance they require.
Chair Simon Seary said: “Thank you to every who joined us on the walk, passerby who offered a nod or wave, and especially to those who generously donated to the cause.”
The funds raised play a crucial role in ensuring that these life-saving devices remain operational. Defibrillator pads, which need replacement either every two years or after each use, come at a cost of £72. Additionally, the batteries need replacement every five to seven years at £270 each.
Thanks to the community’s support, we were able to cover the costs associated with 24 of the 26 defibrillators in Pudsey. This achievement not only ensures the availability of these devices but also highlights the importance of the work done behind the scenes to keep them ready 24/7.
The Pudsey Defibrillator Project is a project managed by the Pudsey Carnival committee funds to purchase defibrillators have been raised through the annual Pudsey Carnival event held on Queens Park. It is held on the third Saturday in May and features an annual parade with community floats, bands, groups and cars.
It follows a route through Pudsey Town Centre before returning to the field for an action packed day.
2023’s event had live music and performances on stage, a massive funfair, circus skills, a dog show, Punch and Judy, Breeze Leeds, loads of stalls, a car show, craft activities and plenty of food and drink.
Next year’s carnival will be on Saturday, 18 May 2024.