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Boylestone gets lifesaving piece of kit, thanks to Lill Bannister

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

  • Boylestone Village Hall, presentation of a defibrillator to be fitted outside the hall, pictured from left to right: Michael Bannister, Derek Watkins, Nancy Hill, Matthew Moore, George Upson, with Lionel Bannister up front

  • Boylestone Village Hall, presentation of a defibrillator to be fitted outside the hall - Pictured are Lionel Bannister and George Upson

  • Boylestone Village Hall, presentation of a defibrillator to be fitted outside the hall Pictured are Lionel Bannister and George Upson

  • Lionel Bannister is joined by Boylestone villagers for the launch of the new defibrillator, bought with the help of his mother's bequest.

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THE memory of villager Lill Bannister will live on in Boylestone, thanks to the gift of a defibrillator.

The village was left a bequest of £400 by the lifelong resident. And, with the support of Lill's family, the village hall committee made the decision to buy the life-saving piece of kit.

Villagers worked together to raise the balance of funds needed by holding afternoon teas, coffee mornings and a car treasure hunt. Donations were also added to the pot.

The defibrillator is mounted outside the venue. Hall spokesman George Upson said: "We would like to thank everyone who supported the fund-raising, from within and outside the village.

"Thanks also to East Midlands Ambulance staff for supporting the application and assisting with grant applications, the British Heart Foundation and Community Heartbeat Trust for their help in sourcing all the equipment and Mayfield Community First Responders, who will be providing the training."

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