First 24/7 defibrillator installed in Cheddar Gorge

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 August 2016

(left-right) Fundraising director Andy Taylor, Lion Theresa Warrell, pub landlord Huw Davies, Lion president Janet Clark, Richard Gregory from RG Alarms & Electrical, Lion Marion Adcock and Lion Sally Herring.

(left-right) Fundraising director Andy Taylor, Lion Theresa Warrell, pub landlord Huw Davies, Lion president Janet Clark, Richard Gregory from RG Alarms & Electrical, Lion Marion Adcock and Lion Sally Herring.

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The first out-of-hours access defibrillator has been installed at the bottom of Cheddar Gorge by the village's Lions club.

Cheddar Vale Lions have raised almost £2,500 to install the first open access defibrillator in Cheddar outside the Riverside Inn, in Cliff Road.

As part of their centennial community project, Lions members aim to install several more defibrillators in the area.

President Janet Clark said: “We are very grateful to Huw and Jo Davies from the Riverside Inn for allowing us to site the defibrillator on their wall.

“We’d also like to thank Richard Gregory the electrician for installing it and to everyone who has supported us.”

The life-saving device was commissioned by South West Ambulance Service and installed by Richard Gregory.

It can be accessed at any time of day by simply calling 999, where operators will give instruction on how to use it.

The Lions earned the money through Christmas and Easter raffles and jumble sales.

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