Villagers showed overwhelming support for the unveiling of new, life-saving equipment installed thanks to community fundraising.
The £2,000 defibrillator machine installed outside Helpringham Memorial Hall can be accessed by anyone for a cardiac arrest emergency in the village if they call 999.
It is part of an initiative by the LIVES charity to celebrate their 45th anniversary by getting 45 new defibrillators installed around the county.
The money was raised by members of the Helpringham Petticoat Club as well as a donation of £1,000 from the proceeds of last year’s Swaton Vintage Day.
The village hall was full of villagers on Wednesday showing their support and willing to learn how to do basic chest compressions and CPR so that a patient can be kept alive until someone else can make it back with the defibrillator.
Stephen Hyde of LIVES gave the training and said a defibrillator is an absolute necessity for anybody that has gone into cardiac arrest as it has to be deployed ideally within six minutes or less. He said: “For Helpringham to have their own defibrillator it increases the chance of survival for any member of this village. The training session has been one of the best I have ever attended. There must have been close to 80 people and they will now not be afraid to deploy this defibrillator. It was amazing to walk in and see that many people willing to learn about the device and about using CPR.”
Rosemary Bailey, of Helpringham Petticoat Club explained Stephen Hyde came to speak to the club and members decided to go ahead and fundraise to buy one for the village. They started by putting collection boxes around the village. She said: “We were dead chuffed as the donation from the Vintage Show made it all possible. Then the church gave us £200 from the harvest festival and by Christmas we had got enough.”