we're lifesavers; Defibrillators spreading like wildfire around village.
Byline: Neil Atkinson Head of News firstname.lastname@example.org
HONLEY has become a community of lifesavers.
Village residents and businesses have worked together to fund and source a total of four defibrillators.
They are now being installed around the village.
The devices can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone goes into cardiac arrest.
The idea originally came from Carron Blagborough, of The Allied, in Church Street, who bought the first defibrillator for her customers and then decided it would be best to locate it where it was accessible for use by the village community.
She asked local businesses and customers to get involved in raising funds for a case for the defibrillator to be housed on the wall outside her pub.
Yorkshire Building Society and Honley Business Association were quick to realise what a great idea the units were, and how important it was to secure more for the village to cover a larger geographical area - and soon a second defibrillator was funded by their collaboration.
Andrea Brook, manager of the Honley branch of the Yorkshire, said: "The Charitable Foundation is funded by our generous members and I know they would be as proud as we are to support such a lifesaving cause."
Honley Business Association also applied for a grant from the British Heart Foundation for a further two units and are delighted to have secured these for use in other areas of the village.
One is outside the Allied in Church Street and a second is at Taylors Food Store, Meltham Road.
The Honley Business Association is now liaising with other potential locations regarding sites for the remaining two and have appealed for suggestions as to locations.
June McLean, secretary of the Honley Business Association, said: "We are delighted to have helped to provide this life-saving equipment, meaning that local people have the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest." The Community Package secured from the British Heart Foundation contains an innovative kit which includes everything needed to learn CPR in half an hour.