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Defibrillator fitted at popular park

Published February 20, 2020 9.58am

Life-saving equipment is now on hand at a popular County Durham park, thanks to combined funding efforts.

Defib fitted at Riverside Park

Defibrillator is a welcome addition to Riverside Park

Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street welcomes hundreds of visitors every week. It is a hub of activity from organised runs and bowling, to its busy splash pad and play areas. It is also a popular place for dog walkers and families thanks to its riverside walks.

And the park is now equipped with a life-saving defibrillator, located on the exterior wall of the café, increasing the safety of park users

To pay for the £2,100 defibrillator councillors Beaty Bainbridge, Alison Batey, Linda Marshall, Craig Martin, Tracie Smith and Danny Wood contributed through combined money from their neighbourhood budgets. Match funding was committed from our culture and sport team.

Friends of Riverside Park, supported by Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership (AAP), will now work with the culture and sport team to maintain the defibrillator and carry out regular health checks to ensure it is kept in working order

Huge benefit

Allyson Rose, project officer with Chester-le-Street and District AAP, said: "The installation of this defibrillator is going to be a huge benefit to the many users of this park.

"We really need it because the footfall here is so high. Every week hundreds of runners use the park and in the summer months the splash pad and play areas are very busy, so the public really wanted this. Hopefully we won't ever need to use it but it's nice to know it's there."

Find out more about Riverside Park.

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