Health emergency inspired two-year charity challenge

From left, members of St John's Ambulance Stuart Hall and Chelsea Princewood present the defibrillator to fundraiser Helen Twist who works at Co-operative store, Fingerpost, St Helens, and store manager Henry Milner

From left, members of St John's Ambulance Stuart Hall and Chelsea Princewood present the defibrillator to fundraiser Helen Twist who works at Co-operative store, Fingerpost, St Helens, and store manager Henry Milner

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A big-hearted St Helens woman was inspired to embark on a two-year charity challenge after a witnessing a man collapse with heart problems.

Helen Twist of The Co-operative store on Higher Parr Street undertook a range of challenges and organised various events with the aim of purchasing a defibrillator.

As well as heading numerous raffles for the town, customer team member Helen has also climbed Snowdonia and took part in a brave bungee jump as part of her crusade.

Helen was inspired to act after witnessing a man collapse near the store two years ago.

She said: “A gentleman collapsed near Barclays Bank one day and there was no defibrillator anywhere near. It was really scary.

“So ever since then I vowed never to let that happen and began fund-raising.

“Now we have the life-saving equipment I’m so pleased, it’s great. All of my efforts have paid off.”