Three new defibrillators in Uppingham, Rutland, thanks to the town's Rotary Club
A project with the aim of having every resident living within 500 metres of a defibrillator has got close to its aim thanks to a £7,500 programme.
New defibrillators have been installed in Uppingham and are located in Seaton Road, Leicester Road and the Limetree and Firs Avenue area of the town.
They have been made possible thanks to a campaign by the Rotary Club of Uppingham.
Hugh Holden, project coordinator and member of the club, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the new defibrillators.
“We started off with the aim of installing one and that was 18 months ago but we knew we were getting a grant from the Co-Op community and got rather more than what we originally anticipated.
“They gave us £4,000 so we said ‘let’s go for three.”
There have been quite a lot of delays because of the difficulties of getting the electricity supply sorted but they were due to go live from Wednesday (October 30).
Bloor Homes gave the £500, the Rotary Foundation donated £2,000 and the Limes, Firs and Spurs Residents’ Association gave £535.
The Rotary Club of Uppingham will also make a contribution to the project.
Hugh added: “We now have 7 public access defibrillators in Uppingham with the addition on these three.
“There’s one in the dental surgery in the Market Place, another one at the Uppingham Surgery and one at Uppingham School as far as we know but they are not public access and you can’t get to them at night.”
Hugh said that when someone does have a cardiac arrest, 999 should be called and chest compressions started before a defibrilltor is used.
“There is no formal training required for using the defibrillators and it gives out instructions,” he said.
“You can’t hurt someone by using them.”