A bar in Ashton is hoping to raise £1200 to buy a defibrillator for the Old Street area of town.
Paul and Zoe Bradley opened ‘Heavenly’s Bar,’ named after their daughter, back in October at 8 Old Street after an extensive refurbishment.
Paul, who also owns Paul’s Barbers in St Michael’s Square, explained: “On Christmas Eve, a chap next door but one from here passed away after a heart attack. Just before that, a lady had a heart attack at The Shubar, but thankfully she pulled through.
“It got me thinking; the nearest defibrillator to here is on Ashton Market but the Market Hall closes at 5pm. The nearest one after that is in IKEA. We’re open until midnight so it makes sense for us to have one for this end of town.”
A large plastic bottle has been placed on the bar, to which customers have been generously donating.
Ashton St Peter’s councillor, Joyce Bowerman, is backing the fundraising efforts. “Well done to Zoe and Paul for coming up with the idea to raise money for the defibrillator, to the benefit of Ashton,” she said.
“It’s a necessary piece of equipment that saves lives and it’ll be really useful to have one in this part of Ashton.”
When the funds have been raised, the defibrillator will be installed and registered with the ambulance service, but Paul doesn’t plan to stop there.
He said: “When we’ve raised enough for one defibrillator, we’re going to carry on and attempt to raise money for another one. Then we can perhaps install one at Loco Pizza, as they’re always open until the early hours of the morning.”