Headland pub regulars raising money for life-saving machine

Lana and Paul Williams in the bar of the Fishermans Arms.. Picture by FRANK REID
Lana and Paul Williams in the bar of the Fishermans Arms.. Picture by FRANK REID

Locals at a Headland pub have raised hundreds of pounds towards a campaign to buy a defibrillator to aid residents and visitors in an emergency.

Customers at The Fisherman’s Arms are £450 towards their £17,000 target to buy the piece of medical equipment and a secure cabinet for the Headland.

Potentially, it could save someone’s life

Paul Williams, landlord

The machines, which deliver an electric shock to anyone suffering a cardiac arrest, are popping up all over Hartlepool thanks to the efforts of groups such as Hartlepool Round Table and Defibs4Hartlepool.

But the Headland, which is home to thousands of people and a popular visitor destination, is currently without one.

Proceeds from The Fisherman’s Arms weekly Sunday night quiz have been going to the fund.

Landlord Paul Williams, who runs the pub with wife Lana, said: “It’s a great effort for a small pub and we are proud of everyone for getting behind such a great initiative.

“The unit will be available for everyone to use 24/7 and will be located in a central position on the Headland.”

The pub has raised more than £1,500 for local charities in the last year, including Hartlepool & District Hospice and lifeboat service.

Paul added: “The nearest one is at the civic centre. Potentially, it could save someone’s life if they have only got to go a couple of hundred yards instead of a couple of miles.”

Grant applications have been made and Paul encouraged other businesses in the area to help achieve their target more quickly.

Hartlepool Round Table have also started an online funding page which can be found at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/defib4headlandhartlepool.

Meanwhile, Hartlepool Marina, which recently got a defibrillator from Tesco, is holding free defibrillator training sessions on Saturday at the lock office. Places are limited. See http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/community-defib-and-cpr-training-hartlepool-10957169014.