New live-saving equipment thanks to Exmouth champion Mike
PUBLISHED: 06:30 05 January 2016
A life-saving defibrillator is now available at Exmouth’s Strand, thanks to the efforts of a health and safety-conscious community champion.
Mike Passant, 75, of Jarvis Close, Littleham has been campaigning throughout the year to raise the £2,300 needed to buy the equipment.
Mike said it was ‘ridiculous’ a town the size of Exmouth did not already have life-saving equipment.
The qualified lifesaver said: “This all came about because I went to Topsham and saw they had got one, but Exmouth, the biggest town in East Devon, hadn’t.
“The defibrillator is on display near Franklin’s Restaurant on The Strand. It has cost £2,300 to get the defibrillator and two cabinets.
“Most health centres and doctors’ surgeries have defibrillators, but if I went in and said someone had collapsed on the street and that I need to use the defibrillator – I believe they wouldn’t give one to me, and they would say we’d need a qualified lifesaver.
“I am pleased that we have now got the defibrillator.
“I would like to thank the people of Exmouth and businesses which have supported us.
“I pray to God that no one has to use it.”
Mike has previously raised more than £4,000 for local charities with a shave-a-thon and hair-dying events.
But he admits to feeling very ‘disappointed’ by the turnout at an armlink event on Exmouth seafront earlier this year. The armlink event left Mike just £100 short of the amount needed for the defibrillator.
However, he insists his ‘determination’ and ‘tenacity’ won the day and ensured the town got the public-access defibrillator.
He said: “The linkarm event was a disappointment, but I am a very determined person and, thanks to the generosity of the town and the people of Exmouth, we have done it.”
Mike also revealed he has plans to organise a public health demonstration in Exmouth with St John Ambulance sometime in the new year.
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