Businesses in Oakham urged to back efforts to save lives

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A call has been made for businesses in Oakham to club together to buy vital life-saving equipment for the town.

Town councillor Joyce Lucas, along with local charity the Karen Ball Fund, is urging firms to help pay for a number of defibrillators which can be used by members of the public in emergency situations.

There are more than 20 defibrillators in the county but not one public one in Oakham.

They cost between £1,600 to £1,800 for the equipment and maintenance.

The Karen Ball Fund has agreed to split the cost of defibrillators with businesses.

The equipment would be provided by Community Heart Beat, which had advised the fund that Oakham needs at least three or four defibrillators based on its size and population.

Oakham Town Council has agreed to put in £1,000 towards equipment for Princess Avenue.

Oakham School has also expressed an interest.

Coun Lucas said: “A defibrillator can be vitally important in the first few minutes of helping to save someone’s life before professional medics arrive at the scene.

“They are very simple to use and should be accessible to everyone in an emergency situation.

“It doesn’t matter if they never get used but we need them in the town in the case of an emergency because they can be the difference between life and death.”

A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest.

According to the British Heart Foundation for every minute that passes without defibrillation chances of survival decrease by 14 per cent.

To find out more about funding a defibrillator, call Coun Lucas on 01572 755718, or e-mail Karen Ball Fund chairman Jim Bolton at jbolton4747@btinternet.com