Market Overton residents now have access to a life-saving defibrillator thanks to the generous support of The Karen Ball Fund, The Lions Club, and the Catmose and Rutland Lodges of Freemasons.
The charitable donations covered more than three quarters of the £2,000 cost to purchase and install the kit, with the rest being met by Market Overton Parish Council.
The life-saving device is housed in a bright yellow box, next to the village shop.
Andrew Stewart, chairman of the parish council, said: “Everyone in Market Overton, as well as all of the surrounding villages, would be able to benefit from the defibrillator, should they need it.
“By housing it right next to our popular village shop we hope that it will stay firmly lodged in people’s minds.
“Obviously, we hope that it won’t be needed, but the community can now rest assured that there is help close to hand, should it ever be required.”
A defibrillator is used on someone having a cardiac arrest to give the heart an electric shock.
Pictured are members of Market Overton Parish Council, from left, Robin Marlow, Andrew Stewart, Barbie Jenkins, Stuart Sanderson and Helen Buff, with the new defibrillator.