Hearty cheer for Buxton Station’s new life-saving defibrillator

The Friends of Buxton Station and their guests toast the new equipment with beer provided by the Red Willow Brewery
The Friends of Buxton Station and their guests toast the new equipment with beer provided by the Red Willow Brewery

A councillor whose life was saved by a defibrillator after suffering a heart attack has welcomed the installation of a new ‘heart-starter’ at Buxton’s railway station.

Simon Spencer, the deputy leader of Derbyshire County Council, owes his life to colleagues who rushed to his aid after he collapsed in his office at County Hall following a cardiac arrest.

Cllr Simon Spencer opened the new box, his life was saved by a similar machine

Cllr Simon Spencer opened the new box, his life was saved by a similar machine

Speaking at last week’s launch, the 57-year-old said: “Luckily there was a defibrillator near to me and people brave enough to use it when I had a heart attack last year, otherwise I wouldn’t be talking to you now, that’s for certain.

“I’m delighted to be asked to carry out this official unveiling, because I’m living evidence of what defibrillators can do for you.”

The station’s new defibrillator is housed in what was Buxton’s last remaining old-style red phone box in public use. The box, formerly located on Burlow Road in Harpur Hill, was saved from the scrapheap by the Friends of Buxton Station (FoBS), who purchased it from BT for just £1.

Weighing 750kg, about the same as a small family car, it required the help of volunteers to transport the iconic piece of British street furniture.

FoBS chairman David Carlisle said: “We couldn’t have done it without the generous support of folk like Phil Heathcote of the haulage company, Phil Bradbury of Fairfield Builders and Mike Monaghan of Buxton Civic Association. A special mention for Paul Lewis and the Buxton Lions who have their own defibrillator project, but helped on ours.”