AEDdonate’s new community facility was officially opened by Patron Paul Fairclough on Wednesday 1st February 2017.
The charity that places Public Access Defibrillators into communities across the UK moved into their offices, above what was once the post office, back in May 2014, and throughout December 2016 they have developed part of the building into a community space.
Stone Town Mayor, Councillor Jim Davies, was at the opening and congratulated the team and also thanked the local businesses that have supported the project.
“It’s great to have a new community facility within the centre of town, making it easily accessible to everybody.”
Jamie Richards, Head of AEDdonate said,
“I really wanted to develop the space so we as a charity can further engage with the local community. During December I contacted a lot of local businesses asking for support, and I was overwhelmed by the reaction we received. Not only do we now have a fantastic space for the community to use but there has been minimal cost to the charity. I’m extremely grateful to them for their generosity and it’s great to receive such support from businesses right on our doorstep.”
Commercial interiors specialists Planned Office Interiors, from Stone, stepped in to help create the dedicated community room.
Neil Rowley, business manager for office furniture at Planned Office Interiors, said:
“We were happy to support AEDdonate, not only because they are a locally based charity but because what they do truly saves lives. They needed 12 meeting room chairs for their new community room which we were able to donate and deliver to them, and what’s also nice is that they came from our supplier in Hixon so it’s all local businesses helping a local charity.”
Paul Fairclough, Patron of AEDdonate said
“It’s going to be a valuable space for the local community groups to use and is a great opportunity for AEDdonate to engage further with the local community.”