Life-saving defibrillators installed in 31 Richmondshire parishes

Richmondshire District Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock, is pictured with John Dinsdale from Aysgarth Parish Council.

31 Richmondshire parishes have installed life-saving equipment thanks to grant aid from the district council.

Residents now have the benefits of defibrillators in rural locations following a shared cash handout of almost £30,000.

There are machines located in the parishes of: Gunnerside; Muker; Burton-cum-Walden; Marske and New Forest; Preston-under-Scar; Aysgarth; Hunton; West Witton; Bellerby; Spennithorne; Hudswell; Low Row and Feetham; Hawes and High Abbotside; Whashton; Leyburn; Richmond; Carperby-cum-Thoresby; Carlton Highdale; Dalton on Tees; Newton le Willows; Thornton Steward; Constable Burton and Finghall; Carlton; Barton; Middleton Tyas; Colburn; Patrick Brompton and Moulton.

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The defibrillators have been installed with guidance and training from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Head of community resilience at the trust, Paul Stevens, said:“Having easy access to a defibrillator means that immediate life-saving care can be provided in an emergency situation, such as cardiac arrest, in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives. Defibrillators are simple and safe to use, with the machine giving clear spoken instructions.

“We know that in many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical and if effective treatment can be performed straightaway, lives can be saved and disability reduced.”

If any Parish or Town Council – or community organisation – wants to install a defibrillator in their location they should contact Samantha Coultish on Samantha.coultish@richmondshire.gov.uk, 01748 901037 or Chloe Lewis on chloe.lewis@richmondshire.gov.uk, 01748 901038.

  • There is still funding available through the Richmondshire Area Partnerships funding scheme – of up to £1,000 per application – but the deadline for current applications is 1st September. The partnerships can support a variety of community-related projects – further information is available from richmondshire.gov.uk.