CURRY fans raised £150 for the Gazette & Herald’s Pulse Appeal at a special evening at Malton Spice in Castlegate.

A donation of £100 has also been made by the Gazette & Herald’s parent company Newsquest, as well as numerous donations from Gazette readers who are helping us to achieve our goal of raising £3,000 to provide life-saving equipment.

And as well as cash and offers of help coming in, we already have offers from businesses happy to provide a location for the defibrillators.

The appeal’s next fundraiser is a raffle and quiz night at the Union pub in Norton on Sunday starting at 8pm.

More than 40 prizes have been donated for the raffle and tickets are available from the Gazette & Herald office in Yorkersgate and the Union pub.

The Pulse Appeal is aiming to buy two defibrillators for Malton and Norton.

When someone has a cardiac arrest, defibrillation needs to be prompt. For every minute that passes, the chances of survival decrease by 14 per cent. Research shows that applying a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chance of survival.

Rural areas, communities served by poor road networks, areas which suffer traffic congestion or where large crowds gather are all places where defibrillators are needed.

Cheques made payable to The Pulse Appeal can be paid into any branch of Barclays bank using the sort code 206775 – account number 83620506.

Alternatively, donations may be left at the Gazette & Herald office, 21 Yorkersgate, Malton or by phoning 01653 695600.