Market Rasen has its first public access defibrillator thanks to a group of community minded fundraisers.
The equipment, put in place last week on the Co-op foodstore building near the market place, could mean the difference between life and death for anyone suffering a cardiac arrest in the town.
“I am delighted to have been part of bringing this life-saving equipment to Market Rasen and this is an ideal spot for it, in one of the busiest areas” said Joyce Lingard, whose family fundraiser contributed £600 to the £1,400 total.
Other money came from the Healthy Minds group at CLIP (£100), staff at the Co-op (£500) and Market Rasen Lions Club (£200).
“The Lions are here to help the community, so we were happy to serve the people of Rasen by contributing to this piece of life-saving equipment,” said Lion Philip Smart.
Staff at the Co-op will undergo training to use the machine, but the equipment will be there for anyone to use in an emergency situation, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It is accessed by dialling 999 for the ambulance service.
The controller will give the caller the code to unlock the box, as well as ensuring an ambulance is on the way for advanced life support.
The machine gives step by step instructions for use and it detects the heart’s rhythm so will not administer a shock unless one is needed.
“It is fantastic that the public access community has been put in place in such a relatively short space of time,” said Ray Mason of Community Learning in Partnership, who kick started the fund with a table top sale in May.
“It is an excellent example of people working together for the good of the town.
“However, Market Rasen could probably do with a second community access defibrillator in another area of town.”