Bury St Edmunds: Colleagues to face night in woods to raise cash for defibrillator

Four colleagues from Orbit East Care & Repair are spending the night in the woods with no shelter or

Four colleagues from Orbit East Care & Repair are spending the night in the woods with no shelter or comforts to raise money for a defibrillator. Left to right, Angi Scott, Andrea Beveridge, Deb Last and Annie Maddocks. - Credit: Archant

Four women will brave a night in the woods - with no creature comforts - to raise money for what they believe is an essential piece of medical equipment.

Deb Last, Angi Scott, Annie Maddocks and Andrea Beveridge, who are all colleagues at Orbit East Care & Repair in Northern Way, Bury St Edmunds, want to buy a defibrillator for the local community to use.

Without even a tent, the women will spend 24 hours in the woods, in the Bury area, this weekend to raise money for the piece of equipment, which will cost about £1,100 to £1,500.

There is a personal reason for the fundraiser as Mrs Maddocks, 46, lost a nephew, aged in his 30s, to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).

Ms Scott, 54, added they were shocked to discover there did not seem to be a defibrillator in the northern part of Bury. She said the importance of one hit home when she underwent first aider training.


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Mrs Maddocks said: “If it can save anybody’s life, it’s worth doing isn’t it?”

The women are hoping the weather will be kind to them during their challenge as, while they will have sleeping bags, they will need to create their own shelter.

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