Business lights up project

Tree of lights and defibrilater project sponsored by Pediwear shoe shop, Halifax. Hazel Brindle from the Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridg and Pediwear owner Michael Small.
Tree of lights and defibrilater project sponsored by Pediwear shoe shop, Halifax. Hazel Brindle from the Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridg and Pediwear owner Michael Small.

A Halifax business has pledged its support to light up a bright Christmas campaign in Sowerby Bridge.

Pediwear Shoes, Westgate, has donated coloured lights to adorn a town centre tree in the Rotary Tree of Light and Defibrillator Project - in memory of lost loved ones and in an effort to raise enough money to buy a life-saving defibrillator machine for the centre of Sowerby Bridge.

Pediwear family business manager and former GP Michael Small said the cause is one close to his heart, quite literally. “Having this piece of equipment readily available to the public really could save the life of someone suffering from a cardiac arrest. As a GP, I have seen patients die from cardiac arrest who might have been saved if a public defibrillator was in the vacinity,” he said.

Sowerby Bridge Rotary Club is asking people to donate a minimum of £5 towards a light in memory of a loved one or in celebration of a special occassion.

Donators are invited to complete a dedication form to be recorded in a book of remembrance.

It is hoped the project will raise £2,000 towards the cost of purchasing and installing a town centre defibrillator.

The Tree of Light, Village Restaurant car park, will be turned on, November 14, at 6pm, and will remain lit until January 6, 2015.

Rotarian Hazel Brindle said: “We really hope the public and business community back the project which has the potential to save a life.”