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Tough Mudder challenge helps buy gym defibrillator

Gary Kalewski who donated money for a defibrillator at Crossfit Gym, Clitheroe, with owner Chris Templeman and Susan Barsby. (s)

Gary Kalewski who donated money for a defibrillator at Crossfit Gym, Clitheroe, with owner Chris Templeman and Susan Barsby. (s)

Crossfit Clitheroe member Gary Kalewski added to the gym’s recent fund-raising efforts by competing in the notoriously difficult 12-mile obstacle competition, Tough Mudder.

Gary initially donated the £300 he raised towards the naked calendar fund, a project members of the gym undertook to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK, after their friend and fellow gym member Dr Michael Barsby lost his battle with the disease.

Dr Barsby’s widow, Sue, said: “Without telling Gary, I put his donation aside and then added the money raised at Mick’s celebration of life service, so that with the combined contributions we could install a heart defibrillator at the gym – something Mick, Gary and other members had long been keen to do.”

As reported recently by the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times, there have been concerns over a shortage of the life saving machines in the town and a recent drive to install them in suitable public places in Clitheroe and surrounding villages has been highlighted on a number of occasions.

Mrs Barsby added: “We are absolutely delighted that we will be able to install the machine at Crossfit Clitheroe, and the North West Ambulance Service has offered to provide training for members on how to use the defibrillator, along with some basic CPR skills.”

Other sites of defibrillators in Clitheroe include the Edisford Bridge pub, Thistle Manor, Roefield Leisure Centre and Ribblesdale Pool.

 

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