The Olive Branch in Clipsham is home to a new life-saving defibrillator

Derek Eyers from the Karen Ball Fund and Tony Roulstone who came up with the idea for a defibrillator in Clipsham
Derek Eyers from the Karen Ball Fund and Tony Roulstone who came up with the idea for a defibrillator in Clipsham

A man who helped a neighbour following an accident has been instrumental in installing a life-saving piece of equipment at his local pub.

Tony Roulstone, who lives in Clipsham, discovered his neighbour Kirby Hamill in a ditch after she had been run over by a stolen forklift tractor in 2010.

Mrs Hamill sustained injuries to her face, legs and arm in the accident but has since recovered.

The accident prompted Mr Roulstone to think about installing a defibrillator, which shocks the heart back to a normal rhythm following a cardiac arrest.

The new defibrillator has been installed in the car park at The Olive Branch.

Mr Roulstone said: “It took quite a long time for an ambulance to get to us because we are so rural.

“The lady in that instance was very lucky but it did get me thinking.”

Mr Roulstone approached the village meeting with the idea of installing the defibrillator, and other residents backed the idea.

The Karen Ball Trust, a Rutland-based charity, agreed to fund half the £2,000 cost and the villagers paid the remaining cost.

It was installed at The Olive Branch because it is a “prominent place in the village that everyone knows”.

Mr Roulstone added: “It is good we have now got it there but hopefully we won’t have cause to use it.”

Last week about 40 villagers were shown how to use the device by Martin Fagan, from the Community Heartbear Trust, a charity which works to get defibrillators installed in rural villages.

Mr Roulstone said: “We are quite a close-knit community and it was very satisfying to see so many people there at the launch.”