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Village pulls together to buy defibrillator

Defibrillator installed at Pickworth village hall after campaign by residents, officially opened by Dr Emma Egging, widow of Red Arrows pilot (far right). From left - Heather Cox, Jayne Brookin, Diane Roberts, David Cox and Ian Roberts. Photo: 0391SB-8

Defibrillator installed at Pickworth village hall after campaign by residents, officially opened by Dr Emma Egging, widow of Red Arrows pilot (far right). From left - Heather Cox, Jayne Brookin, Diane Roberts, David Cox and Ian Roberts. Photo: 0391SB-8

A VILLAGE has officially unveiled a piece of life-saving equipment after pulling together to make in happen.

The community of Pickworth officially unveiled and launched their Community Public Access Defibrillator Scheme on Saturday, the first of its kind in Lincolnshire, after a project to fund the scheme was a resounding success.

Back in autumn 2011, a few members of the Pickworth Village Hall’s management committee decided to appeal to their fellow villagers to help raise £2,000 to buy a defibrillator for the village hall.

Residents were concerned that it would be difficult for an ambulance to reach the hall due to its rural location in the first critical few minutes if someone were to suffer a cardiac arrest.

The appeal was launched in March and the £2,000 needed to purchase the machine was raised in less than two months.

The scheme was officially opened at Saturday’s ceremony by Dr Emma Egging, whose husband, Red Arrows pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging, died in an air display over Bournemouth in August 2011. He was a big supporter the Community Heart Beat scheme in his home village of Morcott in Rutland.

Dr Egging said: “It is important for me to be able to take Jon’s ethos and love of life forward by supporting the scheme to be taken up in as many other villages as possible.”

Over 50 residents and other invited guests attended. Among the guests were the leader of Lincolnshire County Council Coun Martin Hill and representatives from The Community Heartbeat Trust, East Midlands Ambulance Service, Lincolnshire Police, Community Lincs and Shield First Aid and Safety Training.

Pickworth Defibrillator Project Team spokesman Jim Counsell said: “The opening went really well. Village residents had a great time enjoying the food and drink and for once the weather stayed nice.”

The defibrillator is located in a box on an external wall of Pickworth Village Hall and can be accessed by a key pad code.

 

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