Members of a community trust were delighted with the response to a training night for a new defibrillator.
Bourne Arts and Community Trust organised the installation of a defibrillator in the foyer of Wake House in North Street.
It was funded by the Len Pick Trust and former Bourne county councillor Charlotte Farquharson.
A training session to show people how to use the life-saving equipment was held at Wake House on Friday last week and the trust was pleased to see a good turnout.
Chairman of the Len Pick Trust Ranna Patel said at the beginning of the evening: “We are delighted to be able to help to provide this machine and whilst we hope it never has to be used, we know how valuable public access defibrillators have been in other places in the first few minutes following a coronary event.
“We urge members of the public and local businesses to spend a little time learning to how to use the machine”.
Trevor Hollinshead, from the Bourne branch of the Red Cross, then gave an hour of lively and informative training about the machine to local businesses, trustees of both the arts trust, The Len Pick Trust and Wake House staff and interested members of the public.
The defibrillator is available for emergency use in the town. The building is open from 8am to 9pm Monday to Thursday and from 8 am to 6 pm Friday, Saturdays until mid afternoon and Sunday mornings meaning its accessible for 72 hours a week.
The trust hopes to be able to offer 24/7 access in the future.
The machine is covered by CCTV to deter any potential vandalism.
Local businesswoman Beth Smith who attended the session from Cafe 35 in North Street said: “We are extremely lucky to have such a good facility in Bourne, it was such a shame that more businesses did not attend.
“The defibrillator is so easy to use.”
Trustee of Bourne Arts Bill Welch, who had organised the purchase of the defibrillator, said: “I am sure that by the end of the evening, everyone present was more confident in dealing with a medical emergency thus making Bourne a safer place.
“Our thanks again to the Len Pick Trust, Bourne Red Cross, Bourne Arts And Community Trust and Charlotte Farquharson who made the evening possible.”