LIVES steps up campaign for life-saving debrillators

The launch of Horncastle's new defibrillator at the town's Co-op Pharmacy - from left to right - John Norman (LIVES), Claire Sloan (Co-op) Kirsty Raywood (LIVES)
The launch of Horncastle's new defibrillator at the town's Co-op Pharmacy - from left to right - John Norman (LIVES), Claire Sloan (Co-op) Kirsty Raywood (LIVES)

Horncastle based charity LIVES is stepping up a campaign to have a defibrillator fitted in every community in the county.

LIVES plays an increasingly vital role in helping frontline emergency services across Lincolnshire.

And the organisationbelieves increasing the number of defibrillators - used to help cardiac arrest victims - could be a key factor in the on-going battle to save more lives.

LIVES spokesman Kirsty Raywood says she would love to see a defibrillator fitted in every ‘town, village, school and sports club’ in the county.

She was speaking after the launch of a new ‘Community Access’ defibrillator unit outside the Co-op Pharmacy in Horncastle’s High Street.

Mrs Raymond said: “These defibrillators really do save LIVES.

“It’s not just old people. Anyone, any age can suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.

“In places like Los Angeles and Norway, you are never more than 20 seconds from a defibrillator.

“For some reason, we’re way behind that.

“The position is improving and it’s great to see one is now fully operational in the town centre.

“There are several others around the town and they can make a huge difference.

“But we’d always like to see more. We’d like to see one in every town and village - in every school and club . That’s what we are aiming for.”

The High Street defibrillator was funded by the Town Council.

LIVES’ first responder John Norman initially approached town councillor and local coffee shop owner Jonathan Ferrari.

Mr Norman explained: “We’ve wanted to see a defib’ in the town centre area for a while.

“The original plan was to have one at the Post Office.

“My dad was the postmaster there and he died from a heart attack in 1979 so I know how important these are.

“Unfortunately, the Post Office building is Grade Two listed.

“The Co-op stepped in and we’re very grateful to them - and the Town Council.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s pharmacy manager Claire Sloan said: “We’re delighted to be able to provide a suitable spot for this defibrillator which will be vital in saving lives in our community.

“Colleagues in our branch will also be trained to use it so if the time comes, we will be equipped to help save a life.”