Three Cups Walk business Pure Ely has been home to the very special guest whose mission is to now save lives.
Flirty Colin the Bear is up for grabs to one lucky person in a draw to fund a new defibrillator for Ely.
Standing over 2 metres tall and quite an impressive figure to move, Colin has pride of place in the shop window of Pure Ely run by local businesswoman Cheryl Bailey. The salon is now in its third year of trading.
One of the salon’s regular customers, Charlotte Salmons was the inspiration behind getting the life-saving piece of equipment that costs over a £1200.
Charlotte at just 31 suffered a cardiac arrest and thanks to the fast thinking of her husband James, is alive to tell the tale. However, 1 year later, mum of 2 suffered another arrest and has recently undergone surgery to help her through her heart issues.
Owner of Pure Ely, Cheryl said “Charlotte is a special customer of ours and when we heard her story, we just knew we had to do something. Next Monday, we are having every member of staff trained to be level 3 First Aiders and understand how to use the new defibrillator once installed.
“We hope lots of people come and buy tickets, Colin has become a member of our family and he took some effort to get into the shop. We hope the lucky person will enjoy him as much as we do. Everyone outside seems to love him, we’ve seen people coming up to the window and taking selfies”.
To help raise the money for the defibrillator, the shops beloved Colin is being raffled off and come 21st December, Colin could be sat enjoying Christmas Dinner in your home.
To enter, take £5 to Pure Ely and buy a strip. Every penny will be used to hopefully save lives in the future. The winner will be drawn on the 21st-22nd December via a live stream on Facebook from the Pure Ely page.
You can help spread the word about the competition by taking a selfie and using the #ColinSelfie on your social media.
What’s the difference between a Heart-Attack and a Cardiac Arrest?
There is a difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest. A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart stops and thus causes a section of the heart muscle to begin to die; whereas a cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating as a whole.