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New Defibrillators in Elvington

We are delighted to report that Elvington now has access to two of its own defibrillators, thanks to the amazing efforts of local resident Colin Skelton. Mr Skelton, who in his spare time is a volunteer Community First Responder for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, ran both the Great North Run and the York Marathon in 2015 to raise funds to enable the purchase of two public access Automated External Defibrillators for the village. The two 'AEDs' are located on the outside wall of the village hall, and outside the main entrance to Elvington Medical Practice. If the need arises, members of the public can quickly access either unit to help someone in need. City of York Council has also provided a grant to the Parish Council to enable the purchase of a training AED, which will be used at two forthcoming familiarisation sessions, on Saturday, February 20th and Saturday, February 27th between 1pm and 4pm at Elvington Village Hall. These are drop in sessions, where Community First Responders will spend around 15 minutes showing residents the kit so they are familiar with what to do should the need arise. Dr David Lightwing, Senior Partner at Elvington Medical Practice said: 'We appreciate the effort that Colin has put into this initiative which provides local access to resuscitation equipment. I know how much training he put into completing the marathon and he thoroughly deserves the collective thanks and praise of the local community.' The photo above shows Parish Council Chairman Ian Bailey, Community First Responder Des Sykes, Elvington Medical Practice Senior Partner Dr David Lightwing and fundraiser and Community First Responder Colin Skelton. If you would like to find out more about Colin's endeavours, please visit his fundraising page.

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