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Life saving tribute installed in memory of museum manager

Last Modified February 08, 2022
Bushey Museum and Art Gallery has installed a new defibrillator in honour of a valued member of their team.

The museum’s friends, volunteers, trustees and supporters have raised funds for a defibrillator in memory of their operations manager, Gareth Wood, 53, who sadly passed away in August 2021

The museum has worked with AED Donate, a charity devoted to the provision of defibrillators in the community, to buy and install the machine. 

Audrey Adams, Chair of Bushey Museum and Art Gallery, said: “Gareth was essentially a shy and reserved person who hated fuss of any kind, and I think he might have been surprised at the widespread sadness and sense of loss, both among the museum community and his friends and neighbours in Rudolph Road.

“Gareth became the museum’s first operations manager in 2009 in charge of the day to day running of the building and was a familiar figure striding through the galleries in his signature black jeans, t-shirt and black leather jacket.

“I would like to thank everybody who helped to raise funds so that we can install a defibrillator at the museum. I hope we never have to use it, but having it nearby could help save the life of someone having a cardiac arrest.

Councillor Meenal Sachdev, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “I wish to send my sympathies to Gareth’s friends and family. What an incredible tribute to him and his commitment to Bushey Museum and Art Gallery to be able to install a defibrillator in his name.

“There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year and every minute is critical to a person’s chance of survival. Having another defibrillator installed within our community can only be a positive and could mean the difference between life and death. Thank you to everybody who donated.”

The defibrillator is located rear foyer of the museum. 

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery is open Thursday to Saturday, from 11am to 4pm.
Admission is free.

To find out more visit: www.busheymuseum.org

To find out more about our local museums or volunteering opportunities, please visit our museums pages.

Posted on Tuesday 8th February 2022

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