Project captures hearts

Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge Tree of Light and defibrilator project at tre tree in The Village restaurant car park. From the left, The Village co-owner Raja Ifzal, Ken Forsyth, Hazel Brindle president Barry Small, Shabir Hussain, Alan Tatham, Paul Brindle and Peter Sutcliffe.

Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge Tree of Light and defibrilator project at tre tree in The Village restaurant car park. From the left, The Village co-owner Raja Ifzal, Ken Forsyth, Hazel Brindle president Barry Small, Shabir Hussain, Alan Tatham, Paul Brindle and Peter Sutcliffe.

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Festive spirit has captured a town’s life-saving campaign which is already more than half way towards its target.

Back in October, Sowerby Bridge Rotary’s Tree of Light and Defibrillator Project called on its community to ‘buy a light’ for a loved one; with donations going towards the installation of a public town centre defibrillator - which could save a life in the event of cardiac arrest.

Public donations and business sponsorship have generated more than half of the £2,000 needed.

In November, coloured lights on the town’s 200 year-old ash tree, which stands on The Village car park, were officially switched on.

The lights which shine in memory of a loved one will remain switched on until January 6, next year.

Rotarian Hazel Brindle said: “Sowerby Bridge has no access to an external defibrillator. The minutes following cardiac arrest are golden - if a defibrillator is used a person’s chance of survival is much greater.

“The public response has been a tremendous achievement - one the club is immensely proud of.”

Tree of Light memoriam donation forms, which will be recorded in a special book of remembrance, can be collected from town retailers: Deli Belge, Trinkette Gift Shop, Village Restaurant and Whitakers Opticians.

Froms can be downloaded online from the club’s website: rotarysowerbybridge.org