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New Penwortham Tesco store donates lifesaving device

Posted on - 14th April, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Penwortham, Preston News, South Ribble News
John Topping Group Scout Leader of the 8th Penwortham Scout Group, plus representatives of the 3 sections, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

Tesco Penwortham, which opened earlier this year, has donated a lifesaving defibrillator worth £2,000 to 8th Penwortham St Teresa’s Scout Group after Coronavirus halted their ongoing donation drives.

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The Scout Group initially hoped to raise funds to buy the defibrillator for the local community, as one of their 50th anniversary celebration events, to illustrate Scouting’s commitment to helping other people and supporting their local community.

The group’s initial target was to raise £4,000, which would cover the purchase, installation, and maintenance of two defibrillators.

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After the group reached out to the newly launched superstore in search of additional donations, Tesco Penwortham decided to boost the Scouts’ fundraising efforts by purchasing a defibrillator outright for them.

The defibrillator is set to be sited at St Teresa’s Social Centre, Queensway, in Penwortham. This busy and thriving hub will act as a key location for local groups and individuals to access the life-saving device.

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John Topping, Group Scout Leader of 8th Penwortham Scout Group, said: “In 2020, the 8th Penwortham Scout Group turned 50 years old, and we were eager to host a string of fundraisers to purchase and maintain these defibrillators.

“While we were able to raise £1400, most of our planned fundraising activity was then curtailed due to the pandemic. However, thanks to the kindness and generosity from the likes of Tesco Penwortham, we’ve been able to fulfil our 50th anniversary ambitions.”

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Rachel Whittingham, the new Community Champion for the store, said: “We were so delighted to mark our store opening with such a momentous and vital donation to the location Scouts group.

“As a Community Champion, I am so excited to continue supporting our local groups and organisations in the community where possible. This has been such an important first donation, and it most definitely won’t be the last.”

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The 8th Penwortham St Teresa`s Scout Group, founded in 1970, with a membership of 85 adults and young people, follows the scouting ideals of actively engaging and supporting  young boys and girls aged 6 -18 in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

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