A life-saving defibrillator available 24/7 for use by the local community has been sited in Whalley.
The village’s first community public access defibrillator has been installed thanks to the hard work over the past year by Gordon Fishlock, team leader of Whalley First Responders.
Whalley Parish Council also helped by finding a suitable site for the device.
Parish council chairman Eric Ronnan explained it suggested the defibrillator should be sited on the wall of the village’s public toilets, located in the centre of Whalley by the bus station.
As well as donating £400 from their community fund towards the cost of the £1,395 defibrillator, parish councillors also helped rally support from the community.
Donations were made by the Roger Osliffe Memorial Charity (£250), Whalley Chamber of Trade (£250), Whalley Masonic Lodge (£275), Greens Solicitors (£300), Whalley Warm and Dry (£50) and Romero’s (£25).
More money was raised during fund-raising events, including a tombola at a Sunday market in Whalley with most prizes donated by local shops. That raised £190, while a raffle by staff at Barclays Bank in Whalley raised £121.
A real community effort, the defibrillator was even installed and connected for free by Abbey Engineering and electrician Andy Waddington.
A fund-raising surplus of £476 means plans are now afoot to secure another defibrillator for Billington.
Static defibrillators are located at the dentists’ and doctors’ surgery in Whalley with one soon to be located at St Mary’s Church, Langho. However, when these places are closed there is no access to them and that is why having a community public access defibrillator is so important.
There are plans to hold training sessions in Whalley on how to use a defibrillator and anyone interested should call Gordon on 01254 823901.