Mar 162017

VILLAGE butcher Joe Gleeson and his family are paying for a village defibrillator as a thank you to the community for the magnificent way it came together to fight to save his shop from closure.

Hundreds of people flooded the council with letters and petitions when Joe’s landlord wanted to redevelop the shop in such a way that would put Joe out of business. It was that support that persuaded the council and then a Government planning inspector to reject the application.

“As a family and a local business we were truly humbled by the support shown to us by the community,” writes Joe. “It is impossible to thank everyone personally, but as a token of our appreciation we are both honoured and delighted to be funding the external defibrillator at the village hall.”

The publicly accessible defibrillator, which can play a vital life-saving role for people suffering cardiac arrests, will be fixed to the village hall wall.
Thanks to Peter Brown’s Village Blog, published on 2nd March

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