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Lostfest presents £4.500 cheque to FLEET

Thursday 13th March 2014

Lostfest FLEET cheque handoverOn 25th Feb Lostfest organisers were proud to present a cheque for £4,500 to FLEET, the Front Line Emergency Equipment Trust.

Over the past 5 years, LostFest have raised nearly £20,000 on behalf of FLEET.

FLEET is a registered charity who, with the British Heart Foundation, train and equip First Responders - members of the public trained to provide critical life saving treatment in their local area, including defibrillation. This has helped to cut emergency response times by 3% and ultimately save lives.

They are also determined to install more Public Access Defibrillators throughout Cornwall to ensure that people can get access to a defibrillator fast.

When a person suffers a cardiac arrest or heart attack the only effective treatment is defibrillation. Currently only 5% of people survive a cardiac arrest. Where defibrillation occurs within 3 minutes, this can increase to 70%. 

They have 25 runners training hard for the 2014 Virgin London Marathon, and each runner is raising funds to purchase a Public Access Defibrillator for their town or village. FLEET’s runner from Lostwithiel is James Payne, who will also be working hard at LostFest to raise money to add to his defibrillator fund. Lostwithiel already has two defibrillator pads but, being a large area, could even do with three although FLEET will also be looking at outlying villages such as Couch’s Mill and Lerryn.

Donate to James and the other FLEET runners here

FLEET General Manager, Norman Trebilcock said "We are delighted with the support we receive from LostFest, and equally delighted to support the event. It is a fantastic day full of fun, music and dance along with many other attractions.” Norman is running the London Marathon to provide a PAD for Lanlivery.

The LostFest cheque was presented by Fee Slade, who said “FLEET is a very worthwhile charity to support. Every penny raised will go towards life-saving treatment for the benefit of Lostwithiel and the surrounding area.”