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Kaffirs raise money for Cookham Dean defibrillator

Will Taylor

Following the installation of a defibrillator at the village hall in Church Road by the Kaffirs of Cookham Dean, the group’s treasurer has spoken about how important the life-saving piece of equipment is.

It cost just over £2,000 to purchase it from the Community Heartbeat Trust, and there are several dotted about around the Cookhams. But Peter Austen, the treasurer, believes the area can be challenging for emergency crews to arrive at quickly.

Mr Austen worried too many defibrillators were kept in areas such as GP surgeries that aren’t always open in a life or death situation.

“Most of the defibrillators in the village are not ideally publicly accessible,” he said. “We should aim, over time, to put more in.”

It was paid for by events in 2016 such as the Gravity Grand Prix and revenue from the Kaffirs running a bar at the Cookham fete.

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