Award nomination for people behind Defibs for Hartlepool campaign

Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager Mark Rycraft.

Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager Mark Rycraft.

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The people behind a campaign to put live-saving defibrillators in Hartlepool schools have been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Colleagues at the town’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre have been nominated for Retailer of the Year in the UK Heartsafe Awards for their Defibs for Hartlepool campaign.

Mark Rycraft, manager of the centre in Middleton Grange Lane, said: “As well as raising money to fund defibrillators, the aim of our campaign was to raise awareness of the need for the life-saving machines, and being nominated for this award certainly helps us achieve that.

“In just our first year we’ve managed to secure funding for four of the machines, and we’re hoping to be announcing even more soon.”

Mark and Middleton Grange security team members Ray Hughes, Adam Goodwin and Paul Foster set up Defibs for Hartlepool with the aim of ensuring every school in town had a defibrillator.

The campaign provides schools with a defibrillator, together with training for staff and pupils, in an effort to prevent Hartlepool children being among the 12 young people across the country who die from sudden cardiac arrest each week.

Mark added: “It is humbling to be in the same company as some of these people, and we’re just incredibly proud to have been nominated for this award.”