The Lions Club of Banbury is pushing forward with plans to install public access defibrillators in the town centre.
It is believed there are only 60 of the machines, which give an electric shock to the heart, in the county – and Lions club members are discussing plans to install a defibrillator unit in the Market Place.
Ian Wilson, president of the Lions Club in Banbury, said: “We are raising £2,000 for our first unit, and have plans for three fundraisers over the next six months to try and achieve this target.
“We are already getting a lot of interest in this project and have had suggestions for more defibrillators in People’s Park and next to the Odeon Cinema on Horse Fair.”
The club has been working with the charity Community Heartbeart, and are talking with Banbury Town Council and mayor Sean Woodcock, who is also a Lions member.
The Banbury club hopes to copy a similar project by Lions Club members in Chipping Norton, which has three public access defibrillators installed in the town, including one fitted into a redundant BT phone box on the High Street.
The other two units are at the Freemasons Lodge on Over Norton Road and the Red Lion pub on the junction of Albion Street and the Cattle Market.
A fourth defibrillator is set to be installed on Hailey Road later this year.
Mike Graham and Liz Nason, Chipping Norton Lions Club members, maintain the defibrillator units and also visit different groups to help educate more people on how to use them.
Mr Graham said: “The defibrillators have generally been really well received, and we would like to have more participation from residents living in the town. The town council have been extremely supportive and Liz and I have done talks in places as far as Gloucestershire and the Forest of Dean.
“We have both been doing first aid with the Red Cross for many years, and just enjoy giving people that little bit of information to help them deal with situations they would not deal with.”
The defibrillator unit is housed in a secure yellow box, with clear instructions for use on it. To access it, the unit will explain a person must phone 999 to be given the access code to open the pad box.