New RNLI volunteer helps Happisburgh to help the community

Lifeboats News Release

Matt Goodchild has recently joined as a volunteer for the RNLI at Happisburgh. He was talking to Robert Mann, one of the station's Deputy Launching Authorities, when Robert mentioned that he'd been trying to get a defibrillator to be sited at the Station for the use of the station and the community.

Matt Goodchild and Robert Mann with the Defib outside the Station

RNLI/Philip Smith

Matt Goodchild and Robert Mann with the Defib outside the Station

Funds required were approximately £2,000 for the outdoor cabinet, defib and any pads needed in the future.

Matt contacted the directors of three companies: F Ball & Co, Planners Services Ltd and Mg Flooring Ltd who are true British businesses who believe in backing British companies in the workplace. They agreed to purchase the cabinet and defib for the station and the RNLI placed this on the outside of the station.

This will be accessible at any time for the general public. To gain access to this vital equipment people would only need to dial 999, ask for the Ambulance who will then provide the code to access the defib and also guide people through the use of this fully automatic device.

All RNLI stations are about local people supporting the community and visitors who travel here to enjoy the benefits of a place like Happisburgh for fun, relaxation and wellbeing.

Thanks to all directors who donated to this valuable lifesaving equipment. The RNLI and, most of all Robert Mann, who had the vision to achieve this goal.

RNLI Media contacts

· Happisburgh Lifeboat Station Volunteer Press Officer Philip Smith,

Mobile 07766007936 E-mail [email protected]

Happisburgh RNLI New Defib ready for action

RNLI/Philip Smith

Happisburgh RNLI New Defib ready for action

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