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The Old Buttercross pub in Barleythorpe near Oakham receives a defibrillator



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A charity has installed its 68th defibrillator in Rutland.

Supports of the Karen Ball Fund proudly unveiled the life-saving equipment at The Old Buttercross in Barleythorpe.

The charity donated £1,000 towards the equipment and the remainder of the costs were covered by Barleythorpe Parish Council.

Juliet Burgess-Ray, from the Karen Ball Fund, cardiac arrest survivor Andy Smith, Barbara Crellin, The Old Buttercross manager Mikayla Graves, cardiac arrest survivor Louise Freeman and Martin Fagan from Community Heartbeat
Juliet Burgess-Ray, from the Karen Ball Fund, cardiac arrest survivor Andy Smith, Barbara Crellin, The Old Buttercross manager Mikayla Graves, cardiac arrest survivor Louise Freeman and Martin Fagan from Community Heartbeat

The defibrillator is positioned outside the pub which means it will be accessible around the clock in the case of an emergency.

Speaking on behalf of the charity, Juliet Burgess-Ray said: “We all know how important it is to help someone who suffers a cardiac arrest, so having this defibrillator available will give reassurance to this area of Oakham.”

The unveiling was attended by two cardiac arrest survivors, Andy Smith and Louise Freeman.

The Karen Ball Fund has installed a defibrillator at the Old Buttercross in Barleythorpe
The Karen Ball Fund has installed a defibrillator at the Old Buttercross in Barleythorpe

Juliet added: "Without CPR and a defibrillator, these survivors would not be here today."

The pub plans to host an awareness session.



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