Life-saving device installed at Flower Show offices in memory of much-loved community worker, Geoff

Life-saving device installed at Flower Show offices in memory of much-loved community worker, Geoff

by Danielle Thompson (September 2020)

A life-saving device has been installed at the Southport Flower Show offices in memory of Geoff Spencer.

The funds for the equipment were raised at ‘Geoffest’, which took place at Victoria Park in memory of the 54-year-old who ran Bridge Inn Community Farm’s Rock School in Formby, as well as woodwork, horticultural and animal care classes before he passed away in September 2018.

Cheryl Craven, one of the directors of Bridge Inn Community Farm said: “Geoff worked at Bridge Inn Community Farm for many years and was also involved in many local activities including the Special Athletes. One of his great loves was music and to celebrate this we decided to hold a concert in his honour.

“Geoffest took place on May 18, 2019 in Victoria Park and with the support of many friends, colleagues, local organisations, business and of course the bands, it was a huge success.

“We raised £6,000 – of which, £2,000 was donated to the Joe Strummer Foundation to support their work in enabling young people though music.

“With the remaining £4,000 we purchased defibrillators, one of which we are very pleased to have donated to the Southport Flower Show. They have been very supportive both with Geoffest and with Bridge Inn Farm itself.

“We are very proud to take part in the Flower show and much of our success there is down to Geoff’s ideas and enthusiasm so it is appropriate for one of the defibrillators bought in his name to be placed there at the Southport Flower Show offices. It has taken a little longer than expected to have the presentation but it’s finally there.

“We are looking forward to 2021 and are already planning, building and growing for our displays at next year’s show.

“Another defibrillator is at Bridge Inn Community Farm in Formby, while another one  is in Edda Community Arts and Library in Ainsdale and  we still have one to place.”

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