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Two defibrillators handed over to Gloucester Cathedral by charities

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

From left, Mary Weygang with Dean of Gloucester Stephen Lake, John Weygang and Community Response Officer Kevin Dickens

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A LIFE saved in the nick of time was remembered at the presentation of defibrillators to Gloucester’s biggest tourist attraction.

Student Daniel Constable, now 17, from Churchdown, lived to tell the tale after he was resuscitated by a first aider when he collapsed in March.

But now, to make sure other victims of cardiac arrest are as lucky, charity fundraisers have provided two of the lifesaving defibrillators to much visited Gloucester Cathedral.

Daniel’s aunt Mary Weygang, president of Gloucester Inner Wheel Club, led the initiative that raised more than £1,500 to pay for the machines.

Her husband John, president of Gloucester Rotary Club, said: “This idea started off when my wife’s nephew Daniel was doing click-clack, running ever faster from one side of the room to the other, fitness training at Gloucestershire College and dropped like a stone.”

Security guard Simon Hopper brought Daniel round using his first aid training and later received a Royal Humane Society award for his prompt action.

The college has since installed defibrillators itself, which in turn gave Mr and Mrs Weygang and their clubs the idea of giving one (corr) to the cathedral.

“It welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors a year,” Mr Weygang said.

“We talked to the new dean and South West Ambulance Trust, everyone was for it,” he said.

A quiz to collect the money was then held at St Barnabas Church Hall which amazingly raised enough for two defibrillators.

“The cathedral is used more and more, for concerts – lots and lots of things. It seemed the ideal place,” Mr Weygang said.

The defibrillators were formally handed over during Evensong at the cathedral on Sunday afternoon.

Officially the funding came from Gloucester Inner Wheel supported by Gloucester Rotary Club and Mr Weygang said: “Our organisations are proud to help local people and the thousands of visitors to be safer within the cathedral precincts.”

Daniel has since been fitted with a pacemaker after it was discovered he suffered from a heart defect.

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