Link-up call in Exmouth to buy life-saving defibrillators

PUBLISHED: 06:55 11 May 2015

Mike Passant is pictured with a defibrillator situated in Topsham. Mike is organising a fund-raising event to purchase public access defib machines for Exmouth. Ref exe 4010-17-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Mike Passant is pictured with a defibrillator situated in Topsham. Mike is organising a fund-raising event to purchase public access defib machines for Exmouth. Ref exe 4010-17-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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A charity champion hopes thousands of people will link arms along Exmouth seafront to raise funds for life-saving defibrillators for the town.

Mike Passant, 75, of Jarvis Close, Littleham, is inviting people to line The Esplanade on Saturday, July 18, pay £2 for an armband, and join arms from Orcombe Point to the marina.

Money raised from the bands will pay for public-access defibrillators, which will be installed around Exmouth.

The life-saving devices – for use on someone who has had a cardiac arrest – are in some doctors’ surgeries, but there are none on Exmouth’s streets. Topsham is the nearest town to have funded a public access defibrillator.

Already, BBC Radio Devon’s Judi Spiers is backing the idea, and several Exmouth businesses are interested in organising fund-raising buckets.

Mike Passant, of Littleham’s Living Church, who previously raised more than £4,000 for local charities with shave-a-thon and hair-dyeing events, dreamed up the seafront call to arms after spotting a public access defibrillator outside the Estuary League of Friends’ charity shop in Topsham.

Mike said anyone can use the equipment to save a life.

“I did a first-aid course last year, and we used defibrillators,” said Mike.

“I realised that none are for public use anywhere in Exmouth. I found out that Topsham has got one outside a charity shop and I thought, ‘Instead of raising money for charities, let’s do something for Exmouth’.

“If someone collapses on the street in Exmouth, what do you do? Would you know where to find a defibrillator?

“If you called 999, you’d have to wait for an ambulance, which could be a delay and someone might die. My idea is that we put public-access defibrillators in the street.”

Mike estimates it will take 3,500 adults to link arms in a line along Exmouth’s 2.2-mile seafront.

“It should be an amazing day,” he said. “Everyone I’ve spoken to thinks it’s a brilliant idea and they want to get on board.”

Radio personality Judi Spiers has pledged to support the event, while Premier Inn, TSB and Specsavers have expressed an interest.

Mike hopes to sell the armbands at several locations around Exmouth.

For more information, contact Mike Passant, 07523 883888, email mpassant27@outlook.com

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