New defibrillator is installed into phonebox

The 25th defibrillator supplied by the Karen Ball Fund is handed over at a ceremony at Edith Weston attended by, from left, Community Heartbeat Trust secretary Martin Fagan, High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle, fund trustee Joyce Lucas and Edith Weston Parish Council chairman Geoff Fagence.
The 25th defibrillator supplied by the Karen Ball Fund is handed over at a ceremony at Edith Weston attended by, from left, Community Heartbeat Trust secretary Martin Fagan, High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle, fund trustee Joyce Lucas and Edith Weston Parish Council chairman Geoff Fagence.
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Village residents will benefit from new lifesaving equipment after a care charity supplied its 25th defibrillator in the county.

The new equipment was installed in a phonebox in King Edward’s Way, Edith Weston, on Monday.

High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle officially opened the defibrillator, which is now available for use by the public, on Monday.

The equipment, which cost about £2,000, has been funded by the Karen Ball Fund and Edith Weston Parish Council.

Council chairman Geoff Fagence said: “This installation will make life safer for residents and visitors to our lovely village, although I am sure we all hope it will be seriously underused in the next few years.”

Karen Ball Fund trustees decided in 2001 to provide defibrillators to Rutland villages.

Since then the charity has helped install them in Ashwell, Lyddington, Barrowden, Cottesmore, Uppingham and Oakham.

In 2009 it joined forces with the national Community Heartbeat Trust.

In his speech on Monday, Coun Fagence paid tribute to several people who helped with the project.

He thanked Richard Langford who came up with the idea, promoted it to the council and made initial contacts with the Community Heartbeat Trust.

He also thanked the Karen Ball Fund and fellow councillors for approving the funds.

And final thanks went to Richard and Norman Milne, who restored the phonebox where the defibrillator has been installed.