Shotteswell residents have installed a state-of-the-art defibrillator at their village hall in memory of a resident who died following a heart attack at a community meeting.
Richard Corbett died five years ago at a meeting of Shotteswell Parish Council, prompting residents – shocked by his sudden death –to work together to fund and set up a top-of the-range Cardiac Science Defibrillator.
The device has an AED locator, allowing it to automatically contact emergency services, and gives recorded instruction to users .
Resident Val Ingram, who helped secure £900 from the Big Lottery Fund to pay for the locator, said: “We’re delighted; everybody’s really chuffed because it gives people a better chance of surviving a heart attack. I was really upset when Mr Corbett died and went with his wife up to the hospital. We wanted to pay tribute to him whilst putting in a machine that might help save somebody else’s life.”
Mrs Ingram praised residents Hilary Wareing, Catherine Evans, David Booth and John Middleton, who carried out CPR on Mr Corbett until the ambulance arrived, and thanked Rosemary Higham-Stevens who donated £1,000 to pay for the defibrillator.
She said: “We just thought this might encourage other villages to follow our example.”
Villagers now plan to organise a training session with the new machine so all residents are comfortable using it.