Defibrillator drive for remote village

Deborah Barham Smith hopes to see a defribrilator installed at King Sterndale Village Hall
Deborah Barham Smith hopes to see a defribrilator installed at King Sterndale Village Hall

A friend suffering a heart attack while on holiday has prompted a High Peak woman to raise money for a defibrillator in a remote Peak District village.

Deborah Barham Smith has approached local organisations for funding for the lifesaving equipment in King Sterndale.

She has already received a £200 donation from Buxton Rotary Club and is hoping to add to the total with donations at this weekend’s Snowdrop event in the village.

The defibrillator will be for the use of King Sterndale, Cowdale and Staden residents as well as any visitors.

The wife of the man who suffered the heart attack, who did not wish to be named, is backing Deborah’s campaign.

Describing their holiday incident,his wife said: “It was absolutely terrifying. It was very upsetting.

“We phoned for an ambulance but then someone came out and started working on him with a defibrillator. For four minutes he didn’t have any pulse. I can’t emphasise enough how important these defibrillators are, especially in the countryside.

“People may laugh and say ‘well, we always managed before’ but we didn’t, people have actually passed away. If it’s a choice between living and dying and something like this can help you to live then it must be a plus.

“I’d say to people rather than having a few meals out with your friends, why not help to buy defibrillators?”

Deborah is also organising first aid courses in the village with spaces still available for a full-day course being held on March 21.

Anyone who wants to attend the course, or help with the fundraising, should contact Deborah on 01298 77001.