A LIFE-SAVING defibrillator is to be installed in a hotel near Ashbourne.
The defibrillator is to be unveiled at the Charles Cotton Hotel in Hartington, Buxton, by David Annat, Chair of the Parish Council, on Friday, October 25.
The device has been jointly funded by the British Heart Foundation, Hartington Parish Council and by a donation from a local resident.
John Dean, BHF Fundraising Volunteer, said: “We are extremely delighted the village now has a defibrillator, in case of a life-threatening cardiac arrest.
“I am pleased the BHF was able to support our community by part-funding such a vital piece of equipment.”
Mrs Mycock, from Alstonfield, contributed £300 to the cost of the device in memory of her husband, George, who died aged 90, in January, from pneumonia following heart disease.
The defibrillator works by delivering a controlled electric shock through the chest wall, to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm and help combat the problem.
When someone has a cardiac arrest, defibrillation needs to be prompt as for every minute that passes, the chances of survival decrease by 10 per cent.
Nationally, thousands of people have cardiac arrests each year and lose their lives because of the lack of defibrillators and people with access to use them.
Judy Dyer, manager of the Charles Cotton Hotel, said: “We all hope it stays in the box and is never used, but should a cardiac arrest occur, we know we are equipped to do our utmost to try and save a life.”
East Midlands Ambulance Service gave 12 people from Hartington and Biggin emergency first aid and defibrillator training and they are capable of using the equipment if needed.
Defibrillators need to be available in areas of greatest risk and having more defibrillators available in local areas is crucial to saving more lives.
These include areas where there is a high incidence of cardiac arrest and in areas where it is difficult for an ambulance to get there quickly, such as rural areas, poor road networks, traffic congestion or where large crowds gather.
Liz Broomhead MBE, a member of Hartington Parish Council, said: “The parish council are delighted that they have been able to financially support this project which is an invaluable asset not only to our community but to the hundreds of people which visit the village throughout the year”.
For information about fundraising or volunteering with the BHF, contact Sophie Jardine, Fundraising Manager on 01773 822302.