Monday, 20 September 2021

Pub popular with walkers installs defibrillator

A DEFIBRILLATOR is to be installed at the Flower Pot pub in Aston.

A DEFIBRILLATOR is to be installed at the Flower Pot pub in Aston.

The pub raised £800 to pay for the device with a fireworks event for customers in November and Henley Rotary Club donated £485 for a box to house it.

Pat Thatcher, who has run the Brakspear pub with her partner Tony Read for 24 years, said the defibrillator would be installed on the outside wall by the front door so that it could used by members of the public in an emergency.

She said: "It’s a vital piece of kit and you never know. We get lots of runners and hikers and we have got the river on our doorstep here as well."

John Grout, president of the Rotary club, said: "We like to get involved in local charities and we thought this was an ideal thing to support. The pub is the focal point of the village and this could be vital to the villagers and walkers in an emergency. 

"In the summer it’s heaving down here but you’re miles from anywhere."

The defibrillator will be accessible using a code provided by the emergency services. It is the latest device to be installed in the area.

Forty have been placed in schools and the community thanks to the Millie’s Dream appeal, which was launched in 2013 by Sarah Roberts, of King’s Road, Henley.

It is named after her eight-year-old daughter, a pupil at Rupert House School in Henley, who has a heart and lung condition.

Earlier this month two defibrillators were presented to Robert Piggott infant and junior schools in Wargrave.

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