Four potentially life-saving defibrillators have been installed in Youlgrave.
The equipment has been installed by the village’s parish council, thanks to generous local donations and enthusiastic fundraising from the community.
The parish council teamed up with the national Community HeartBeat Trust charity, who have supplied the defibrillators, with the council being responsible for their maintenance and upkeep.
The authority had only initially planned to buy one or maybe two units but was overwhelmed by the support received from local residents and business, with a number of fundraising events taking place including a whist drive, an auction of promises and a fundraising lunch.
“The response of the local community has been tremendous,” said Cllr Brian Wardle, Chairman of Youlgrave Parish Council. “It shows the resourcefulness of Youlgrave residents and a determination to make the village a safer place for local people and visitors alike. In many ways we hope that the defibrillators will not have to be used, but if there is an emergency there is now the chance that someone’s life can be saved.”
The four defibrillators will be located in strategic locations around the village - on the exterior of the Farmyard Inn, Coldwell End; on the outside wall of Youlgrave Garage on Alport Lane, on the outside of 25 Mawstone Lane, and in the former red telephone box at Alport that is owned by the parish council.
All four are accessible 24 hours a day.