The friends of Buxton Opera House make a lifesaving donation

Posted: 13 March 2020

Having a defibrillator in a workplace can make the difference between life and death. To help someone who is in cardiac arrest effectively, it is key that a defibrillator is nearby, which is why the Pavilion Arts Centre will be home to a new defibrillator.

Generously funded by The Friends of Buxton Opera House, the theatre is already lucky enough to house one defibrillator. However, seconds can prove vital in saving lives, and it’s estimated that only 3% of cardiac arrests happen within the recommended retrieval distance of a defibrillator*. The Friends of Buxton Opera House have therefore kindly donated additional funds for another defibrillator for the Pavilion Arts Centre.

The Friends of Buxton Opera House are a small group of volunteers, who are hugely supportive of Buxton Opera House. Over the years they have raised nearly £60,000 through their Saturday coffee mornings and tours. As a charity, this fundraising carried out by the Friends group is hugely important to the upkeep and maintenance of the theatre.

The current chairman Howard Barker of The Friends of Buxton Opera House said, “We’re proud to be able to provide the funds for such a vital piece of equipment, which will benefit visitors to the Pavilion Arts Centre”.

The Friends of Buxton Opera House meet most Saturdays, and new members are always welcome. To find out more about becoming a Friend of the Opera House contact the theatre secretary on 01298 72050.


For more information about events, competition and press tickets, contact Helen Naylor, email: [email protected] or Tel: 01298 72050

*Source – Resuscitation Council (UK)

Pictured Richard Hartwell (Deputy CEO of Buxton Opera House) along with The Friends of Buxton Opera House