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Don unveils defibrillator in Bath

September 16, 2014 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath

On Saturday (13th), Don Foster MP unveiled the first public defibrillator in Bath city centre, located in Upper Borough Walls.

1The device, which has been partly funded by Bath and North East Somerset Council, is the first device for the city which can be accessed for use by the public after the access code is given by South West Ambulance.

Don commented: “This is a big step for Bath. Defibrillators are life-saving devices when someone is in cardiac arrest, as we have already seen since this one has been installed. It was an honour to unveil it and I encourage people to donate to ensure we have more of these life-saving devices available to the residents of Bath.”

This first AED has been dedicated to the memory of Dave (Wally) Waldron, a taxi driver who sadly died of a heart attack in Bath on 19 April 2014. Dave had been fund-raising for the defibrillator before he died.

It was made possible by a collection organised in The Volunteer Rifleman’s Arms with donations from British Heart Foundation, Dave (Wally) Waldron and ward councillor initiative funding from Councillor Caroline Roberts and Councillor Douglas Nicol. The Volunteer collection is continuing so that further AEDs can be installed in and around Bath.

Commemorate the WW1 centenary through music with The Last Post project

September 12, 2014 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, Press

Bath MP, Don Foster is urging community organisations in Bath to take part in The Last Post project this November.

The Last PostInspiring people of all ages to come together to explore their First World War heritage, The Last Post project gives communities the chance remember the impact World War One had on their area and play music from the era as a mark of commemoration.

At every event around the country, the Last Post will be played in a variety of styles to remember someone in their community; not just on bugles but on any instrument from pianos and cellos to guitars and drums.

Don Foster commented: “This is a great opportunity for community organisations in Bath to get involved with a fantastic project and help commemorate the First World War in a fun and educative way.”

Last Post events this year will take place across the UK from 4th to 18th November 2014 as part of a ‘Last Post fortnight’.

To get involved and organise a Last Post event, community organisations and groups across the country can register for free now on The Last Post website to receive a toolkit, a WW1 songbook, training sessions and cash expenses to cover event costs.

Explaining the importance of the HLF support for the project, Carole Souter, Heritage Lottery Fund Chief Executive added:

“This nationwide project will reach out to new audiences for heritage and help local communities explore and understand their First World War stories in an imaginative way.”

For more information visit www.thelastpostproject.org.uk

Politics goes pink for breast cancer awareness

September 12, 2014 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, Don in Parliament

Don Foster, MP for Bath, has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s flagship fundraiser, Wear it Pink day, and has challenged Bath residents to follow suit.

The theme of Wear it Pink this year is to ‘look good, do good’ in support of breast cancer research. On Friday 24 October people across the country will come together to find fun and stylish ways to Wear it Pink in the office, at home or at school. Donations raised by this year’s fashion inspired event will go to Breast Cancer Campaign to fund lifesaving breast cancer research.

Don Foster says: “Every year in the UK around 50,000 women and 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, 12,000 women and 80 men die from this disease each year. This is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising efforts to support world-class breast cancer research that saves and improves lives, giving people quicker diagnoses and more effective treatments.”

Don Foster has a history of supporting Breast Cancer Campaign. Earlier in the year he helped support Breast Cancer Campaign’s ‘spread the word campaign.’

Wear it Pink on Friday 24 October to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s lifesaving research. For more information or to register for Wear it Pink and receive your fundraising pack visit www.wearitpink.org.

Don added: “I hope all of Bath’s residents will join me by wearing it pink on Friday 24 October and showing your support for breast cancer research.”