KILDARE town now has four public access defibrillators installed around the town, with the latest put in place in December.
Joanna Cheese, chairperson of Kildare Town Community First Responders, said that it was always the plan to try and get one of these defibrillators in four corners of the town so that as many people as possible within the town have access to them.
The defibrillators are located at Bright Beginnings creche, outside Centra on the Melitta Road, at the Bank of Ireland, and now at Chapman’s garage. The latter was launched shortly before Christmas in memory of Paul Robinson.
“Paul raised a lot of money for cancer charities and also, before he died, he was quite committed to raising money for our group,” Joanna explained. “Unfortunately, he passed away before he had the chance to do that… there was a collection at his funeral and the money that they got from that collection was kindly donated to us.”
Regarding the instalment of a public access defibrillator in memory of Paul, Joanna added that it was “a lovely thing to do in his honour”.
As with many other groups, Kildare Town CFR would welcome any new members in search of a New Year’s resolution – an opportunity to learn a new skill, do some good in the community and meet new people. As well as responding to callouts, there are opportunities behind the scenes with tasks like fundraising.
“We’re definitely looking for more volunteers,” said Joanna, who noted that they’re looking to hold a recruitment night.
If you’re interested, contact the group via Facebook Messenger (@KildareCFR) or email [email protected]