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Life-saving machine installed in town centre

Life-saving machine installed in town centre

Published at 3:11pm 14th June 2016. (Updated at 5:05pm 14th June 2016)

A new defibrillator has been installed right in the heart of Harrogate’s town centre.

The life-saving machine, which is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week, is on the wall of St Peter’s Church at the corner of Cambridge Road and Cambridge Street.

The initiative was conceived by Reverend Sue Pearce, a member of St Peter’s clergy team.

Sue's late husband John’s life was saved by a defibrillator at York Station in January 2003.

She said: "It certainly gave him eight-and-a-half years' more life. He was eternally grateful, because it enabled him to see our son married and four more grandchildren born. 

"I've been in touch with the Chairman of the Friends of Valley Gardens, and she and her committee are interested in placing one in Valley Gardens."

The unit was funded by donations from Harrogate Lions Cub, which donated half of the £1,800 cost, and members of St Peter’s, Tesco, G23, Harrogate Rotary and Harrogate Inner wheel.

Harrogate Lions member Chris Watcham raised money for the fund by running in the Great North Run.