Village unites to buy new life-saving kit

PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 June 2014

Pictured are Simon and Tracy Healey from the Brewer's Arms, Pat Doherty, Paul and Jean Higbee, Peter Shipton from Banwell Action Group, Clare Seaman, Charli and Tom White, Parish Council chairman Liz Shaler, Kath Edwards, Clive Setter from AED Locator and Paul White.

Pictured are Simon and Tracy Healey from the Brewer's Arms, Pat Doherty, Paul and Jean Higbee, Peter Shipton from Banwell Action Group, Clare Seaman, Charli and Tom White, Parish Council chairman Liz Shaler, Kath Edwards, Clive Setter from AED Locator and Paul White.

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A NORTH Somerset village has revealed its true community spirit by pulling together to fund life-saving equipment which will be accessible to the public.

The people of Banwell united to raise thousands of pounds for the village defibrillator project.

Villagers funded four public access defibrillators - which can be used to re-start a heart after cardiac arrest - and a local firm is offering free basic training to anyone in the area.

A donation from the Banwell Action Group started the project a few months ago, while residents donated through Banwell News and regular fundraising events at the Brewers Arms pub.

Banwell Parish Council also paid for one of the machines, which are accessible 24 hours a day.

The boxes containing the defibrillators will be situated at Banwell News in West Street, the village hall in Westfield Crescent, Banwell House in Wolvershill Road and the Brewers Arms pub in Church Street. Project organisers are still raising funds for a fifth defibrillator, which will be situated in the Knightcott area of the village.

The defibrillator and cabinet which will be installed at the newsagents is dedicated to the memory of former owner Ian Higbee who died recently.

Project co-ordinator Paul White said: “It is fantastic that our community has pulled together for such a great cause. Having this equipment in our village is sure to make a huge difference and save lives.

“There will be several training courses open to everyone and these will be advertised in the near future. It is our aim to give everyone in the village the opportunity to learn basic life support.”

To find out how to get free training, contact Mr White on 07772 711187.

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