The event comes just a few weeks after Keith and Patricia Stocker, landlord and landlady of the St Austell Brewery pub, installed a portable AED (automated external defibrillator).
The defibrillator, which is believed to be the first available at a pub in Cornwall, was partly funded by the Luxulyan Feast Week committee with money raised during the 2011 Feast Week; this was match-funded by the British Heart Foundation.
Currently, only police officers in the village are trained to use the defibrillator but CMT Direct Learning is offering villagers, who would like to learn how to use the unit, a free initial training session, which is fully booked.
Kings Arms landlord, Keith Stocker, said: “We wanted to host a charity evening to help raise valuable funds for the British Heart Foundation. We are proud to own the first defibrillator in a pub in Cornwall and are hoping for a large attendance at the fundraising event to help further support the work of this very worthy cause.”
On the evening, the BHF will hold a raffle; a charity auction is being organised by the landlord and landlady (donations of items for this gratefully accepted); and a performance by the male voice singers, Wadebridge Wreckers, will round off the event. St Austell Brewery has kindly donated a barrel of Tribute to the pub for the evening.
Representatives from the Bodmin branch of the British Heart Foundation will also be joining in the evening’s fundraising celebrations.
Margaret Hammond, Vice Chairperson of the Bodmin branch, said: “It is fantastic that the Kings Arms wanted to install a defibrillator. A pub is a central part of the community and so it makes sense that it is home to such a valuable lifesaving device. We’re very much looking forward to the fundraising evening and very grateful for the support.”
The charity evening will get underway from 7.30pm on 25th August. For more information, please contact Keith or Patricia at the Kings Arms on 01726 850202.
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