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Defibrillator donated to railway

The Chesterton Co-Op has donated a defibrillator machine to the Moseley Railway Trust.

Defibrillators can significantly improve the likely outcome for an individual who suffers a heart attack. The machine has now been installed at the Trust’s premises at the Apedale Valley Light Railway.

Phil Robinson, the chairman of the Moseley Railway Trust, said “We are very grateful to the team at the Chesterton Co-Op for providing this machine. We hope we never have to use it – but if the worst should happen, it is available for our volunteers, our visitors and also for users of the country park next door. The Co-Op have a long track record of supporting community and voluntary groups such as ours, and this is another example of that support in action.”

The Co-Op (and its customers) have also supported the Moseley Railway Trust through the Co-Op Community Fund. The Fund allows communities to support local good causes. Every time a Co-Op member buy Co-op branded products and services - from buying a loaf of bread to planning a funeral - 1% of their spend goes to a local cause.

Stephen Ward, manager of the Chesterton Co-op, said “We are delighted to be able to continue our relationship with the volunteers of the Moseley Railway Trust. If a volunteer, visitor or passer-by should have a heart attack, the machine will be able to assist until an ambulance can reach them. These machines can make a real difference to outcomes when people are in most need of help.”

The volunteers of the Moseley Railway Trust operate and maintain the Apedale Valley Light Railway, a narrow-gauge railway running alongside the Apedale Community Country Park. The railway is open every weekend until the end of October.

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