A COMMUNITY defibrillator is to be installed outside the offices of Higgs Group, publishers of the
A COMMUNITY defibrillator is to be installed outside the offices of Higgs Group, publishers of the Henley Standard.
The lifesaving device, which can shock a person’s heart back into a normal rhythm, will be set up by the entrance to the company’s stationery shop in Reading Road next month.
It will be stored in a locked box and 999 operators will give the code out in an emergency.
The £1,500 machine is fully automatic and delivers pre-recorded instructions so it can be used by anyone regardless of experience.
It will be the first installed under a new joint initiative between the Henley Business Partnership and Millie’s Dream, a charity run by Henley mother Sarah Roberts.
Mrs Roberts, of King’s Road, launched it in 2013 after her eight-year-old daughter Millie was diagnosed with a heart and lung condition. So far the appeal has installed 25 public defibrillators in the Henley area and a further 11 in schools.
Keith Douglas, who chairs the business partnership, came up with the idea as he is about to train as a community first responder.
He said: “It made sense to join forces with Millie’s Dream and help raise money for the defibrillators.”
Nigel White, commercial director of Higgs Group, said: “We’re proud to support this initiative and hope other businesses will follow suit.”