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LIFE-SAVING: Defibrillator installed as ‘incredible tribute’ to late museum employee

 Published on: 15th February 2022   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A new defibrillator has been installed in the rear foyer of the Bushey Museum and Art Gallery.

The museum’s friends, volunteers, trustees and supporters raised thousands of pounds for the life-saving equipment in memory of their operations manager, Gareth Wood, 53, who sadly passed away in August 2021.

The museum has worked with AED Donate, a charity devoted to the provision of defibrillators in the community, to buy and install the machine.

Councillor Meenal Sachdev, Hertsmere Borough Council’s portfolio holder for community, leisure, culture and health, said: “I wish to send my sympathies to Gareth’s friends and family.

“What an incredible tribute to him and his commitment to Bushey Museum and Art Gallery to be able to install a defibrillator in his name.

“There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year and every minute is critical to a person’s chance of survival.

“Having another defibrillator installed within our community can only be a positive and could mean the difference between life and death. Thank you to everybody who donated.”

Audrey Adams, Chair of Bushey Museum and Art Gallery, said: “I would like to thank everybody who helped to raise funds so that we can install a defibrillator at the museum.

“I hope we never have to use it, but having it nearby could help save the life of someone having a cardiac arrest.”

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery is open Thursday to Saturday, from 11am to 4pm, and admission is free.

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