Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Villagers pay for two defibrillators

TWO community defibrillators have been installed in Stoke Row after residents raised more than £5,000.

TWO community defibrillators have been installed in Stoke Row after residents raised more than £5,000.

The devices have been put in the pavilion in Newlands Lane and the village hall in Main Street.

They are accessible using a code which residents can get from the emergency services.

Each machine cost £1,500, which includes a protective red case. The money was raised through an online donations page which also produced enough to fund first aid classes with Dick Tracey, of South Central Ambulance Service.

Jo Lowe, who organised the fund-raising with neighbour Rita Gregory, said: “I ran a couple of first aid courses at home and it became clear that we are a long way from the ambulance station.



“Having at least one defibrillator was very important and I made a promise to myself that I would get it organised. We did a letter drop to every house in the village and also ran an information event with Dick.”

The defibrillators were bought through the Millie’s Dream appeal and bring the number of devices to be installed since the appeal was launched by Sarah Roberts in September 2013 to 39.

Miss Roberts, of King’s Road, Henley, named the appeal after her eight-year-old daughter, a pupil at Rupert House School in Henley, who has a heart and lung condition. She originally aimed to raise £15,000 to equip 10 primary schools but the appeal has since raised more than £25,000 and has installed 18 in schools and another 19 in public places, including Market Place in Henley, for use by the community.

Mrs Lowe said: “We started with the aim of buying one but Sarah said we should buy two. We are running first aid courses with Dick with the excess funds, which total about £2,000.”



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