New bench and defibrillator installed after pub local, 60, suffers cardiac arrest

A new defibrillator and bench that provides a relaxing area to sit and enjoy the flowers and trees have been installed.

The additional bench in the Golden Jubilee Gardens in the centre of Crawshawbooth was unveiled. Nigel Terry, 60, suffered a cardiac arrest while he was working in Barrow-in-Furness two years ago.

He says he feels lucky that a defibrillator was close by and they were able to save his life. He was taken to Furness General Hospital and then transferred to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment.

His many friends at the Black Dog in Crawshawbooth were grateful that Nigel had survived and they realised there were no defibrillators in Crawshawbooth which can save lives.


A fundraising day was held at the pub which they named ‘Saint Nigel’s day.’ Lots of activities took place, including a raffle, an auction, and face painting and more than £6,000 was raised. This money paid for a defibrillator which is now at the front of the pub.

The remainder of the money was divided between a number of charities including the Raft foundation, Crawshawbooth Community Centre, support for a school boy for his therapy needs and Kids in Rossendale.

A donation was also given to Civic Pride Rossendale. They decided as the money given was from people in Crawshawbooth, something should be purchased for Jubilee Gardens in the centre of the village.

A second bench was suggested and with the help of Rossendale Council the bench has now been installed. This garden has been maintained and developed by a Civic Pride volunteer, Janet Hoyle and her husband for many years.

Janet has asked if anyone wants to help her care for the gardens. For more information about volunteering email Nigel and his friends came along to a small event to unveil the bench with members of Civic Pride Rossendale.

Everyone was delighted with the new bench which fits into the small garden so well. Nigel said: “I am so lucky to be alive and thanks to everyone who supported the events.”