Plea to put your heart into appeal

Mike Stevens the Regis Centre manger with one of the posters SUS-141009-140613001
Mike Stevens the Regis Centre manger with one of the posters SUS-141009-140613001

RESIDENTS and traders have been asked to put their hearts into a fundraising campaign at the Bognor Regis entertainments centre.

An appeal for a community defibrillator by the Arun Arts charity, which runs the Regis Centre, is about to reach its 100th day.

There has been a good response and some £300 has been raised so far but there is still a way to go before the £2,400 target 
for the potentially life-saving equipment is reached.

Mike Stevens, the centre’s managing director, said: “Most of the money we have raised so far has come from donations in our cafe.

“The response has been really good there but we now need to make more of a direct appeal to the many businesses who are in the area around the centre.

“They could all benefit from it.

“The defibrillator will be available for use by everyone.

“It will be placed outside our main entrance to enable members of the public to be able to access it.

“This will be the only defibrillator in the area so there is the potential for it to be really useful.

“Hopefully, people will get behind the appeal.”

The defibrillator can be used when a person has a heart attack.

As reported last June, the machine which will be put at the Belmont Street centre will be a Heartsafe model.

This has a resuscitation guide which automatically tells the user 
the best way to deliver heart compressions in the vital initial seconds after a heart attack before paramedics arrive.

A green vandal-proof, stainless steel box will house the defibrillator under a green light. A code from the 999 operator is needed to open the box.

Mr Stevens said he hoped to be able to install the defibrillator by the end of the year.

Collections will soon be started at the Regis Centre’s shows.

Arun Arts used its income to keep the centre operating, he said.