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Wednesday 14 July 2004

14 July 2004


Released on behalf of High Peak Magistrates

Thirty local Magistrates and their partners put their best foot forward and helped raise funds for the Peak National Park Lifeline Appeal - "Making Every Second Count" - when they walked the Monsal Trail from Bakewell to Buxton.

As well as enjoying the walk in lovely surroundings, they raised £170 towards The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Peak National Park Lifeline Appeal, which aims to provide 46 defibrillators to the National Park Ranger Service to allow them to restart a heart following a cardiac arrest.

To kick-start the appeal the BHF has provided £45,000 of the total cost of £90,000, leaving £969.38 per defibrillator to be raised. Some defibrillators have already been placed in ranger vehicles but there is still a long way to go.

The defibrillators are essential for the rangers who are often the first to attend a medical emergency like a cardiac arrest, as the typical terrain and adverse weather can often mean a longer than eight minute delay for paramedics, by which time survival is almost impossible.

National Park rangers, Ian Hurst and Dave Dusgate, who are also local Magistrates, led the Magistrates walk.

Walk organiser and local Magistrate, Michael Hilton, said: "This cause will benefit everyone who lives in, walks in, or visits the Peak District National Park. Sheila Senior, Chairman of High Peak Bench and Magistrates on High Peak Bench thought the appeal worthwhile and appropriate, given that we were walking through the Peak District."

There are collection boxes in Ranger Stations throughout the National Park and many individuals, together with local businesses have already supported the appeal.

Any individuals or businesses who would like further information on how to contribute to the appeal can contact local BHF organiser Norma Elliot on 01298 79791.

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