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17 June 2022
Gill Gallagher, who runs Dolly’s Kiosks next to Fleetwood boating lake, and pals Helen Crane and Gilly Atkinson have raised funds to buy 20 defibrillators and have them installed in public places across the town and some points in Thornton and Poulton as well.
The ladies, all from Fleetwood, have raised around £25,000 in the space of just one year, by tirelessly staging a series of fundraisers, including psychic nights, pub quizzes and online raffles.
And that’s were Dolly the scarecrow, complete with Stetson hat and guitar, comes in.
The effigy of the American country music legend, sitting in a chair in front of the ice cream and refreshments kiosks, is helping to promote the pads campaign and raise a few extra funds.
Dolly was originally created as part of a scarecrow festival in Fleetwood for the Queen’s jubilee, but Gill decided to keep her for their campaign.
Gill, 50, said: “Dolly is helping raise a few extra pennies for us and is promoting the campaign.
"People stop to ask about her and when we mention our campaign, they’re happy to help.
The impressive work of the trio even led them to receive an Early Day Motion award from Parliament, after Fleetwood MP Cat Smith highlighted their endeavours.
For more information visit the Wyre and Fylde Community Defibrillators Fundraising Facebook page.
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