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Community defibrillator ready for action in Starbeck

Community defibrillator ready for action in Starbeck

Published at 5:12pm 23rd December 2017. (Updated at 5:38pm 23rd December 2017)

Starbeck's very first community defibrillator has been installed, thanks to fundraisers.

Staff and students from Rossett School in Harrogate and the Restart Yorkshire group have secured funding to install the equipment outside the Prince of Wales pub on Starbeck High Street.

The defibrillator can be used by members of the public in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest.

Helen Rogers, First Aid and Health Manager at Rossett School, said: "We are very pleased that this life-saving equipment is in place for the Christmas and New year holiday.

"Defibrillators can make a massive difference to someone who has had a cardiac arrest, but they need to be used ideally in the first five minutes.

"The Starbeck community, local churches and groups are now raising money for a second defibrillator to go the other side of the crossing and a training unit so people can see how a defibrillator works.

"There will be awareness sessions running in Starbeck starting early next year."

Starbeck community defibrillator

Starbeck's first community defibrillator has been installed outside the Prince of Wales pub

Matti Ward, from Restart Yorkshire, said: "We are delighted to announce our 13th CPAD is now live and rescue-ready at the Prince of Wales pub on Starbeck High Street.

"The defibrillator itself was wholly funded by the children of Rossett School First Aid Team, led by Helen Rogers. The team did a sponsored CPR-athon during the recent Restart a Heart Day.

"The cabinet was funded by electrical contractor Charlie Fisher, local councillors and Starbeck and Knaresborough St John Ambulance and fellowship.

"The installation was done by Keith who looks after the maintenance at the pub.

"Lastly, a huge thanks to Alyson the landlady and everyone at the pub for allowing the cabinet to be fitted.

"We are now planning at least one other location in Starbeck."

Meanwhile, Restart Yorkshire has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help improve the security of community defibrillators in Knaresborough, after one of them was vandalised outside King James's School.

You can find out more about the campaign at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/restartyorkshire

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