Pudsey: Sponsored walk will raise cash for lifesaving defibrillator project

Pudsety Defibrillator Fund at Pudsey Carnival.

A sponsored 10-mile walk to raise funds for the life-saving Pudsey Defibrillator Project.

The funds raised will contribute towards the upkeep and battery replacement of the 26 public access defibrillators across Pudsey.

Scheduled for Saturday, 2 September 2023, and setting off at 11am the route begins at Tyersal Chemist and finishes at Pudsey Park. The journey will take participants past 24 defibrillator locations, highlighting their importance to the community.

Locations include St Andrew’s Church, Fulneck Golf Club, the Fox & Grapes, Swinnow Community Centre among many others. A full list of these locations can be found here.

A map of August’s walk.

The walk has been organised by Councillor Simon Seary, who is also chair of Pudsey Carnival.

He said: “While the primary objective of the walk is to raise funds, it is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the presence and utility of these defibrillators in our community. These units can be the difference between life and death in a cardiac emergency.”

Members of the public are encouraged to join the walk at any point along the route and are welcome to sponsor walkers or donate directly via the JustGiving page.

Volunteers from the Litter Free Pudsey group have already signed up for part of the route to clean up along the way. Sponsorship forms will be made available shortly.

Cllr Seary added: “Your contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in ensuring that our defibrillators are well-maintained and ready for use when required.

“Join us on September 2 as we walk to save lives and make our community a safer place to live.”

The Pudsey Defibrillator Project is an initiative by Pudsey Carnival to maintain and increase the number of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the town.

By raising awareness of these devices and providing funds for their upkeep, the project aims to ensure that more lives can be saved in the event of cardiac emergencies.

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