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Great Yarmouth young adults working with Anchorage Trust to raise money for defibrillator

PUBLISHED: 15:23 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:25 19 June 2017

Yarmouth Anchorage Trust planning committee.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Yarmouth Anchorage Trust planning committee. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A group of young adults have been brought together by a charity to help raise funds for a life-saving piece of equipment.

Yarmouth Anchorage Trust planning committee.
Picture: Nick Butcher Yarmouth Anchorage Trust planning committee. Picture: Nick Butcher

Working with Great Yarmouth-based charity the Anchorage Trust, the group have set about raising funds for a defibrillator, which will be added to the café at St George’s Theatre.

Yarmouth Anchorage Trust planning committee.
Picture: Nick Butcher Yarmouth Anchorage Trust planning committee. Picture: Nick Butcher

The group have started holding regular meetings, where they exchange ideas and plan fundraising opportunities, as they look to raise the £1,350 needed to buy one.

It is part of the charity’s Brighter Futures project, and will see the group work alongside Heart 2 Heart Norfolk, which is led by Bradwell mother Jayne Biggs.

James Sinclair, fundraising manager for the Anchorage Trust, said: “The project has two purposes - first it will add something really useful to the local community, but it is also beneficial to the members of the group.

“In attending these sessions they are gaining crucial experience in working as a team, organising events and help them develop skills to help them with future employment opportunities.

“It’s also great for me to be able to share some of my experiences with them - although they’ve already had some excellent ideas.”
Mr Sinclair, along with Ben Stone, Anchorage Trust chief executive, has volunteered to wax his legs as part of the project - an idea suggested by the group.

Mr Stone said: “The idea for this project came after we saw news of young people smashing up a defibrillator in Gorleston. As a charity, we then thought it would be good to come up with a way for young people to put them back into the community, rather than taking them out.”

David Canham, 25, one of the group members, said: “I have really enjoyed working as part of a team and we have a really positive dynamic. We’ve really enjoyed sharing ideas and have found quite often we are having the same thoughts as each other, so we work really well together.”

“The experience has also opened our eyes to the need for defibrillators. You never know when somebody might have a heart attack, so it would certainly be beneficial to have more of them about.”

As well as the charity leg wax - which takes place on August 6, the group are hoping to organise a variety performance show at a date to be confirmed.

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