A pub landlord is launching a mission to kit out a village with lifesaving equipment.
Martyn Driscoll. who has recently taken over the Anchor in Liverpool Road, Hutton, is planning on hosting a series of fundraising events to pay for defibrillators.
The machines, which cost around £1,500 each, plus fitting, can be used to give a shock to a person who is in cardiac arrest. The British Heart Foundation claim every minute without CPR or defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.
Martyn said: “At the moment I think there’s only one defibrillator in the village and that’s at the Grammar School.
“It’s not publicly available and we’ve worked out that for the time it takes an ambulance to get to the village, it’s quicker to do it yourself.
“We think we can raise enough for hopefully two of the machines - maybe one at either end of the village - which can be fitted into something like a telephone box.
“In an emergency a person calls in from the box on a special number and they are given a code to release the defibrillator.”
Martyn’s now in the final stages of planning a family fun event to raise the necessary funds. It is hoped it can be held during the weekend of June 12.
He said: “We’re going to be doing raffles, auctions, and setting up a stage on the car park for local bands.
“A lot of people who come in the pub are behind the idea and have given us some money towards it and now we’re trying to get local businesses on board and people attending the events.”
To donate a prize call Martyn on 01772 612771.