THE legacy of a girl who died suddenly from a cardiac arrest continues to grow as a fourth life-saving device was installed in her memory.
Anna and Alan Morgan looked on with sadness and pride as the defibrillator was unveiled at Tesco Extra in Solent Road, Havant.
I would rather have her here, but I just can’t believe the response.Anna Morgan
It is the fourth device to be installed in memory of their daughter Sarah.
The 17-year-old collapsed on a bus on her way home from shopping in Waterlooville with her friends.
Despite the desperate attempts of the bus driver, Sarah could not be revived and her parents had to make the agonising decision a week later to switch off her life support machine.
But a defibrillator – which shocks the heart back into action – could have saved her life.
With the support of family, friends, the community and local businesses, Anna and Alan have helped to raise almost £10,000 and defibrillators have already been installed at Havant and Chichester bus stations and Portsmouth bus depot.
Anna, of Redwood Grove, Havant, said she had enough cash left to buy two more defibrillators and would like one installed at the Tesco store in the Greywell Centre, Leigh Park.
At the unveiling in Solent Road, Anna said: ‘I have been overwhelmed by the support.
‘We’re so pleased with the response.
‘I would rather have her here, but I just can’t believe the response.
‘The public and local businesses have been amazing.
‘I just hope they continue to support us.’
Havant’s mayor Councillor Leah Turner attended the unveiling at Tesco.
Twenty people, including shoppers, received training on how to use a defibrillator.
The device will be installed at the security desk at the 24-hour store.
The day raised £320 towards a new mobile van – run by South Central Ambulance Service – that will hopefully travel around the community and teach people how to use defibrillators.
Anna said she wanted to thank people who donated at a charity night at Westleigh Park, which raised over £4,000, and Sarah’s friend, Georgia Bishop, from Fareham, who raised more than £1,000 by shaving her hair.
During the summer The News launched the Heartbeat campaign for more defibrillators and several have been installed across the area since then.