Great Somerford is the latest local parish council to have a life-saving defibrillator, situated in the old telephone box outside the Volunteer pub in the centre of the village, and which has been largely funded by Malmesbury League of Friends (MLOF).

Nine local parish councils have already received funding from MLOF to install  defibrillators in their villages. Many local parishes already have them, and others are still considering the offer from MLOF of £1,500 each towards their installation.

Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) have been described as the single most important development in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. Designed for use by untrained lay persons, they have improved the outcomes of literally thousands of people who have suffered from cardiac arrests.

MLOF chairman David Hide said: “ We are delighted to have helped towards the installation of a defibrillator in Great Somerford. We’d like to hear from any other local parish councils who do not currently have one.” Meriel Griffith, Member of Great Somerford  Parish Council, said: “ We are very grateful to have received this help from MLOF in placing this life-saving facility in the village.”

Meriel Griffith shaking hands with MLOF chairman David Hide

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