Sunday, 26 September 2021

Old phone box to house £1,040 lifesaver

RESIDENTS of Britwell Salome are to have access to a defibrillator.

The device will be installed in the village’s phone box, opposite the Red Lion pub, later this month.

The defibrillator cost £1,040 and its secure box another £630. Oxfordshire County Council awarded the village a grant of £500, the Santander bank donated £700 and the rest came from villagers.

Resident Chris Bidgood, 60, whose life was saved by a defibrillator after his heart stopped for a minute-and-a-half in 2009, said: “There’s nothing like acting straight away and the whole plan is people can access this bit of kit very quickly.

“I think it’s a vital piece of equipment in a rural community which can save lives. I was saved by the use of a defibrillator. They sparked me up in A & E at Hammersmith Hospital.As a consequence, that was always on my mind. I had been travelling in France and Wales and there were defibrillators present in quite a lot of villages.”

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