Local car wash supports Independence Matters fundraiser

Thanks to the generosity of the car wash next door, Independence Matters Community Hub on Ipswich Road in Norwich is now significantly closer to its goal of buying a defibrillator.

Public access defibrillators (PADs) are known to 999 operators and can significantly increase an individual’s chances of survival following cardiac arrest, so they are of real value to local community.

Staff at the Hub, which supports adults with learning disabilities and dementia, were approached by neighbours Ipswich Road Car Wash, who volunteered to donate a day’s takings to the cause.

The fundraising event took place in June and was co-ordinated by Hub worker Ann Beese. It was attended by the East of England Ambulance Service, who carried out free blood pressure checks while customers waited for their cars and gave advice on CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

Despite slightly disappointing weather the event was a huge success. A fantastic £1233 was raised, and with further fundraising events planned for the coming weeks it’s hoped the total needed to buy the PAD will soon be reached.

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