Villagers are in safe hands thanks to life-saving kit

From left, Tony Ruddle, Rosemary Wright and Terry Manning from Langham Parish Council, High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle, Martin Fagan, secretary of the Community Heartbeat Trust, and Richard Braithwaite local scheme co-ordinator
From left, Tony Ruddle, Rosemary Wright and Terry Manning from Langham Parish Council, High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle, Martin Fagan, secretary of the Community Heartbeat Trust, and Richard Braithwaite local scheme co-ordinator
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Residents in two villages in Rutland now feel in safer hands thanks to the installation of vital life-saving equipment.

Defibrillators have been put up in Langham and Exton, thanks to funding from Rutland charity the Karen Ball Fund, fundraising group Rutland Lions and the organisation of Exton Parish Council clerk Jo Downton.

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

In Langham, the equipment has been installed on the outside of the village hall, while in Exton it has been put up in the vacant telephone box.

Martin Fagan, of Community Heartbeat Trust, which provides the kit, was on hand to give demonstrations on how to use the defibrillators, along with the High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle.

In the event of an emergency, access to the cabinet would be by using a pin code obtained by calling 999.

They are designed to be used by members of the public, with no training necessary.

The Karen Ball Fund has given more than £75,000 to fund about 30 defibrillators throughout the county.

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