Sunday, 24 October 2021

Defibrillator unveiled at Shiplake pub

A COMMUNITY defibrillator has been unveiled at a Shiplake pub

A COMMUNITY defibrillator has been unveiled at a Shiplake pub.

The lifesaving device was put in place outside the Baskerville in Station Road on Saturday.

The machine, which cost £1,500, has a protective red case and is accessible using a code provided by emergency services.

It was unveiled by Sarah Roberts, of the Millie's Dream appeal, which has helped to pay for 25 community defibrillators in and around Henley since 2013 as well as dozens more in schools in the region.

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 was joined on the day by Baskerville owner Allan Hannah and representatives from the village's Women's Institute.

Miss Roberts said: "This is the second of three defibrillators in Shiplake, with another at the school and one due at the memorial hall.

"Everyone in Henley and nearby villages like Remenham, Wargrave and Peppard now has at least one defibrillator nearby and the most important thing is that people know where there nearest one is.

"Heart events can happen to anyone so we want everyone to find out where their nearest box is, how to get into it and how to use it. We are running community education programmes on how to use them, which take just half an hour and will help save lives."

Donations for the defibrillator came from residents, the parish council, Shiplake Village Community Club and the village bowls club. The British Heart Foundation and Millie?s Dream also contributed.

More than 20 people attended a session at the church hall in Church Lane to learn how to use defibrillators. Steve Cartwright, of South Central Ambulance Service, gave demonstrations of CPR on a dummy before inviting residents to have a go with one of three different types of defibrillators.

He said: "It's a familiarisation session and the whole purpose is to let people know when they need a defibrillator and learn how to use one.

"People tend to be scared and think they are going to hurt people but it's just a case of telling them to do what the machine tells them."

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