A ‘life-saving’ tribute

A defibrillator for Marklew Close

The tight community at Marklew and New Close in Blidworth was devastated when their long-time neighbour and friend Mike Stubbs, passed away last year of a heart attack.

Now, almost a year on, his memory has been honoured with a community donation of a defibrillator.

Last week, the community, met with family and friends of Mike to remember him and unveil a commemorative plaque. Watched from the side-lines were youngest guests, Olivia and Sophia, 8 month old twins and granddaughters to Mike.

At the event Mike’s widow, Sylvia thanked friends and family for their generous contributions: “Unfortunately a defibrillator wouldn’t have saved Mike’s life, but we’re confident that this one will help someone else.

“It feels like a fitting tribute to provide this gift for the community in memory of him. Mike would be so proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Mike and Sylvia Stubbs moved into Marklew and New Close 12 years ago. A collection of 30 bungalows in a quiet cul-de-sac, the homes offer independent living for older people. The service, led by scheme manager Nigel Marshall, includes low-level support and emergency assistance.

The unveiling of the plaque was a proud day for Nigel: “Mike was more than a neighbour, he was a friend. We’re so grateful to Sylvia and her family for raising the funds for this defibrillator.

“Thanks to the local ‘Men in Sheds’ group for putting the plaque on a beautiful oak backing, and for the team at NCHA for installing the defibrillator.”

Led by Sylvia and family, a fundraising event in the village raised a whopping £800. With government match-funding, and additional donations from the funeral, the total amount was reached in record time.

The defibrillator at Marklew Close has been registered on the national circuit, and will be available to anyone in the local community in the case of an emergency. It’s a fitting tribute for a man so fondly remembered.

Find out more about independent living for older people services provided by NCHA.