No less than 15 life-saving defibrillators are now in place across Haywards Heath and its surrounds thanks to the Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride.
The event created to put Haywards Heath on the map and bring the community together has how made its presence permanent with the placing of the new machines in every district council ward, plus other locations.
Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames unveiled the first Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride defibrillator outside the town hall. As well as all wards, others have been distributed to villages including Ardingly and Cuckfield with one given to Farney House School in Bolney and two earmarked for Haywards Heath’s ‘twin’ towns of Traustein in Germany and Bondues in France. The latter will be presented to the towns’ representatives at Haywards Heath Town Day on September 14.
Mr Soames said: “Congratulations to the Bike Ride! It’s a magnificent effort to raise this amount of money and I am confident that the Town will be a safer place because of them.”
The bike ride, which started as an idea in a pub, was organised by members of Haywards Heath and District Business Association (HHDBA) with sponsors helping to offset costs. Nearly 1,000 riders took part, raising £16,500 between them.
Jim Knight, one of the organisers, said: “We really couldn’t have done this without the amazing support and help of our wonderful sponsors, riders and helpers.
“Everyone worked so hard to make it a success and the whole event was such fun! Our very special thanks to 1st Central, The Orchards, Nuffield Hospital, Aria Assistance, Masters & Son and Cleaning Contract Services – we just hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
“We’re also very grateful to the town council and HHDBA for their huge contribution in making the event happen.”
The fourth Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride is on Sunday May 18, 2014, and the organisers are hoping for an even ‘greater’ day, with support from friends, helpers, riders and sponsors, old and new.
For more details on riding or sponsoring, call Ruth on 01444 453399 or email email@example.com