Wednesday, 12 May 2021

A DEFIBRILLATOR has been installed in Tokers Green. The £1,500 device is located on the corner of Gaskells End and Rokeby Drive.

The money was raised by villagers who set up stalls outside their homes in September and sold books, bric-a-brac, plants, produce, clothes, toys, games, home-made jams and sweets.

A charity quiz in November and a Christmas carol service last month raised another £540, which will pay for insurance and replacement equipment when it is needed.

Fiona Harland, a physiotherapist who lives in the village, organised the fund-raising. She said: “I thought that there are times when getting an ambulance here from Reading would take a long time, so if we had a defibrillator nearby it could save lives.

“We wanted to raise the money as soon as we could and involve people of different ages.

“It has been enjoyable spending time with friends, getting to know neighbours and meeting new people. People have supported us through private donations but also rolled up their sleeves, making tea and cakes and sourcing raffle prizes.”

The defibrillator was installed with the help of Millie’s Dream, a charity set up by Sarah Roberts, of King’s Road, Henley, whose daughter Millie who has a heart and lung condition, in 2013. 

It is the 54th device to be installed in schools and communities in the Henley area.

Mrs Roberts, who officially unveiled the defibrillator with 10-year-old Millie, said: “We are really keen for people to continue to realise the necessity of everyone having access to this equipment within five minutes.”

Millie’s Dream will contribute towards the cost of training about 40 villagers in how to use the equipment.

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