WHEN Martin Dallyn passed away unexpectedly last year, his loved ones wanted to ensure his memory would live on.
Now, after less than a year of fundraising they have unveiled a life-saving defibrillator, there are two more on the way and they have another £6,000 to give away.
“Martin was such a lovely guy,” said Mandy Lucking who co-founded a trust in his memory along with Jules Arlette and Samantha Harding.
“We just want to help small local causes, helping local people.”
Martin passed away suddenly on March 8 last year, aged only 58.
Shortly after his death Mandy, Jules and Samantha founded the Martin Dallyn Community Trust to raise money for life-saving equipment.
When they first came up with the idea their aim was to raise enough money to buy a defibrillator for Coldwaltham.
Just one month later – in July, 2014 – they had already hit the halfway point in their fundraising and realised Martin’s legacy could help even more people.
On Friday, they unveiled their first defibrillator in Coldwathalm Village Hall, with another two planned for Petworth. Having raised an outstanding total of £10,000 the friends are asking people to get in touch with ideas for how the extra £6,000 can be spent.
Ideally, they want to donate the money to fund a specific piece of equipment, rather than the money going to another charity.
“People can be a little more generous when they know what it’s for,” said Mandy.
“We want to give money to fund equipment to save lives, for those who may need help.”
Despite having raised a huge amount of money, they are not planning on stopping anytime soon.
Martin was part of the team at the Badgers Pub – now the base for the trust – and it continues to host events.
Last year the trust was backed by the Nutbourne 9k event – with raffle tickets sold on the day boosting the total even further – and this year the trio want to hold a Marty Party in his honour.
“There are little fundraising things going on all the time” said Mandy.
“This year we’d love to match what we have raised so far, another £10,000.”
In April, there will be a charity wine tasting and black jack event and a ‘pubathon’ is planned for May.
To contact Mandy with any suggestions on equipment or to find out how to donate, email email@example.com or phone 01798 342651.