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Donations help fund vital life-saving kit in Egleton

Karen Ball Fund presenting a defibrillator to Egleton Village Hall.  Chairman of Egleton Parish Meeting Robert Gower and Karen Ball Fund defibrillator co-ordinator Juliet Burgess-Ray.
Photo: MSMP010214-052ow

Karen Ball Fund presenting a defibrillator to Egleton Village Hall. Chairman of Egleton Parish Meeting Robert Gower and Karen Ball Fund defibrillator co-ordinator Juliet Burgess-Ray. Photo: MSMP010214-052ow

 

Villagers now have somewhere to turn in emergency situations with the installation of life-saving equipment.

A defibrillator is now available for public use at Egleton Village Hall.

The equipment and installation, which cost about £2,000, has been funded by Rutland charity the Karen Ball Fund, Rutland Lions, electrician David Faulkner and donations from villagers.

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

It is the 28th defibrillator that the Karen Ball Fund has backed financially in the county.

Chairman of Egleton Parish Meeting Robert Gower said: “This piece of equipment is vitally important due to the numbers of walkers and cyclists visiting the area and it had taken almost 18 months for the idea to become a reality.”

Robert also thanked those who had help fund the equipment.

In 2001, the trustees of the Karen Ball Fund decided to provide easy-access defibrillators in Rutland villages.

In 2009, the charity expanded its work and joined forces with national charity Community Heartbeat Trust, which installs the defibrillator and runs on how to use them.

The Karen Ball Fund has given more than £73,000 to fund equipment throughout the county.

Fund co-ordinator Juliet Burgess-Ray said: “This latest defibrillator is essential for Egleton as it is a very busy village in the summer months with the close proximity of the bird reserve and Rutland Water.”

For more information about the Karen Ball Fund, visit www.karenballfund.co.uk

 

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