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Extra locations for lifesaving defibrillators

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Lifesaving defibrillators are being fitted in public locations around the area in an attempt to increase the help on offer to heart attack victims.

The most recent place to have a defibrillator installed is Blackstones Sports and Social Club, in Lincoln Road, Stamford.

The equipment was part-funded by a grant from the FA, part by the British Heart Foundation and part by the club.

A defibrillator is a lifesaving machine used on someone having a cardiac arrest to give the heart an electric shock.

Secretary Ian MacGillivray said the club decided to install the equipment after being contacted by the FA.

He added: “It’s important to get involved in these lifesaving initiatives. We always like to give something back to the community.”

Committee members are being trained to use the defibrillator, which will be accessible during club opening hours.

And easy-to-follow instructions on how to use the equipment have been put up nearby so anyone can use it in an emergency.

Ian said: “It’s for the use of club members and the community.”

A defibrillator was installed at Wake House in North Street, Bourne, just before Christmas. It was funded by a grant from the Len Pick Trust.

Wake House administrator Tracy Grimshaw said the equipment would be available to use during opening hours, but could eventually be accessible 24 hours a day.

She added: “It’s very important. It’s a failsafe.

“It should be a big asset to the town, especially as it’s in the centre of the town.”

More than 25 defibrillators have been installed in Rutland since 2001, many of which were paid for by the Karen Ball Fund.

The fund is a Rutland-based charity that provides care and support for seriously ill people in the county, and raises funds to help purchase defibrillators.

Most recently a defibrillator was installed in Oakham at Body Power Fitness, near to the play area at Royces Playing Field, in Princess Avenue, jointly paid for by the Karen Ball Fund and Oakham Town Council.

And fishermen at Rutland Water raised £2,700 to pay for a defibrillator at the reservoir.

 

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