G&E Southport defibrillators

Preston-based James Hall has teamed up with defibrillator charity Southport Saviours to install lifesaving equipment at four company-owned Spar stores.

Defibrillators have already been installed at Spar Roe Lane and Spar Cambridge Road in Southport, and fundraising has started for a further two in the area.

The defibrillators have been installed on the exterior walls of the respective store premises making the equipment accessible 24-hours-a-day in case of an emergency.

Two further James Hall Spar stores in High Park, Sourthport, and Harington Road, Formby, have also been earmarked for installations.

Fundraising has now begun in-store towards the cost of fitting the defibrillators, with James Hall & Co. Ltd contributing to the cost of the installations.

Mark Layton, area manager at James Hall & Co. Ltd, said: “We are very pleased to support the Southport Saviours and the charity’s ambition of increasing the number of defibrillators locally that are accessible at all hours of the day.

“Given the role that our Spar stores play in the community, and the geographical spread of them within Southport and Formby, we are delighted to make four of our stores available as access points for these lifesaving kits.”

Richard Moore, chairman of the Southport Saviours, said: “We are thrilled to have two defibrillators installed at the Spar stores at Roe Lane and Cambridge Road. The defibrillators are easily identifiable in their yellow cases, and they are at well-known locations in Southport.

“Accessing defibrillators 24-hours-a-day is hugely important and to have the pledge from James Hall for two more is fantastic news. With a combination of customer fundraising and a contribution from the company for installations at Spar High Park and Spar Harington Road, we are confident we can get them up and running soon.”