Fundraiser Mike calls for help to provide more lifesaving defibrillators in Exmouth
PUBLISHED: 14:02 20 August 2017
A tireless fundraiser has called on Exmouth Town Council to provide more life-saving defibrillators around the town.
Mike Passant, 79, from Littleham, says that councillors should follow the lead set by Budleigh Town Council, which has helped in providing public-access defibrillators on its seafront and at its Public Hall.
The equipment allows the public to help resuscitate someone who has had a heart attack.
Mr Passant – who runs Exmouth’s defibrillator fund – went further, saying that the town is lagging behind ‘even small villages’, which also have public-access devices.
His comments followed on from a charity fete in Littleham on Saturday.
Organised and run by staff from East Devon District Council (EDDC), it raised more than £900 for the Exmouth defibrillator fund.
“This is enough to buy a defibrillator,” said Mr Passant. “My thanks go out to the EDDC staff for all the hard work put in to organise and run the event, particularly Margaret Whitehouse, who gathered all her staff to help, and never stopped all day.”
Mr Passant described Saturday’s event as a ‘great success’.
“It was a fun day with stalls and games, and the weather was kind to us.”
On the matter of the defibrillators, Mr Passant said: “These life-saving units are essential in many places in Exmouth. Like Budleigh Salterton councillors, our town council should be looking to help in providing more of these.
“We are the biggest town in East Devon and we are lagging behind even small villages, where I have seen defibs in public.”
Two more events have been announced to raise money for the Exmouth defibrillator fund.
They are taking place during the August bank holiday weekend at Exmouth’s Country House Inn, Withycombe Village Road.
There’s a fun dog show, starting at noon on Saturday, August 26.
That is followed by a family fun day from 2pm on Sunday, August 27. It is likely to include Mr Passant being sponsored to be ‘gunged’.
Mr Passant says he is thrilled to get the pub’s support for his defibrillator campaign.
“I’ve never had support like this before, so it really helps,” he said.