Lifesaving kit is installed in Wing thanks to villagers

Defibrillator at Wing - High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle holding the defibrillator with Martin Fagan from The Community Heartbeat Trust with Joanne Beave and Anne Thomsont, who masterminded the projects and some of the villagers who contributed �2,500 towards the project'Photo: MSMP031113-035js
Defibrillator at Wing - High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle holding the defibrillator with Martin Fagan from The Community Heartbeat Trust with Joanne Beave and Anne Thomsont, who masterminded the projects and some of the villagers who contributed �2,500 towards the project'Photo: MSMP031113-035js
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A vital piece of lifesaving equipment which has been funded solely by the generosity of villagers has been installed.

A defibrillator which can be used by members of the public in emergency situations has been put up in the red telephone box in the village of Wing, in Top Street.

The equipment cost £2,500 to install.

The project was led by Anne Thomson and Joanne Beaver, who live in Wing, and the pair were thrilled by the response from the community who supported their call for the need for a defibrillator in the village.

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

It was launched on Saturday by the High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle, Martin Fagan from The Community Heartbeat Trust, which provides and installs the equipment, and residents who helped fund it.

Anne said: “We are thrilled the village has raised the whole amount for it.

“It’s absolutely amazing for a small village.

“We had called a public meeting to see if people thought we needed one and the response was wonderful.

“We hope it will never have to be used but it’s now there if it’s needed.”

Fundraising group Rutland Lions also donated £200 for the cause, taking the total to £2,700.

The extra funds will be put towards its maintenance.

There are now 27 public defibrillators in the county.