The Portsmouth News reported today that a new defibrillator (AED) has been installed in the Leigh Park Shopping Centre. This followed a local campaign for an AED to be purchased. Fundraising by local businesses and the family of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest has made this possible, which is absolutely fantastic.

The majority of funds for the defibrillator were raised by Anna and Alan Morgan, whose 17-year-old daughter Sarah died last year after suffering a cardiac arrest on a bus while on her way home from Waterlooville. Anna believes that the availability of a defibrillator could have saved Sarah’s life. She said: ‘I’m delighted that a new device will now be available for residents in Leigh Park to use in the event of an emergency.

‘Sarah’s illness was caused by a virus.

‘It could have happened to anyone.

‘This equipment will give the community peace of mind that anyone can make a real difference in an emergency.

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