A vital piece of lifesaving equipment which can be used by the public in emergencies has been installed in Oakham this week.
A second defibrillator in the town has been put up at the Body Power Fitness, near to the play area at Royces Playing Field, in Princess Avenue.
A defibrillator is a lifesaving machine used on someone having a cardiac arrest to give the heart an electric shock.
The equipment, which cost £2,000, has been installed and jointly funded by the Karen Ball Fund and Oakham Town Council.
The first public defibrillator in the town was bought by Oakham School and put up behind Buttercross House in Market Place.
Oakham mayor Adam Lowe, who was at the installation on Wednesday, said: “The money invested in this scheme is well worth it if it saves a life.”
In emergencies, members of the public who need access to a defibrillator will be given instructions on how to find the one nearest to them and how to access it, when they dial 999 and ask for the emergency services. There are now 26 defibrillators for public use in the county.
The Karen Ball 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.
Fund trustee Joyce Lucas said: “It’s absolutely brilliant that we’ve had another one installed in Oakham.
“If the new defibrillator saves one life it will be worth the expense.
“Heart attacks affect people of all ages so that’s why it is important to have one in Princess Avenue near the playing field.
“However, let’s hope that it will never have to be used.”
The Karen Ball Fund is still looking for people to come forward to help fund further defibrillator purchases in the future.
Fund co-ordinator Juliet Burgess-Ray said: “This is our 26th piece of equipment.
“They are really easy to use and I can supply details of how to apply for the part funding.”
For more information and to help with funding, call Juliet on 01572 812898 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org