YEOVIL NEWS: One life saved would make the money well spent

 YEOVIL NEWS: One life saved would make the money well spent

YEOVIL Town Council has set aside a budget of £9,000 to buy potentially life-saving defibrillators for the local community.

A defibrillator is a device that can help save the life of someone experiencing a sudden heart attack by sending an electric shock to the heart.

Council leader Cllr Graham Oakes, who proposed the project, said: “If someone has had a cardiac arrest, the chances of survival significantly improves with the use of a defibrillator.

“Although the costs are significant, just one life saved would make the money well spent.”

There are very few publicly accessible defibrillators within Yeovil and the town council look to increase the number with the possibility of initially installing one in each of the following

areas: Westfield estate near the Co-op store; the Forest Hill shopping precinct off Lysander Road; the shops in St John’s Road Shops; and by Boots in the town centre.

The town council is already the “guardian” of the defibrillator at Milford Hall.

Chairman of the town council’s buildings and civic matters committee, Cllr Rob Stickland, said: “We are proud to be carrying out such an initiative. We will also look to increase awareness of the locations of the publicly accessible defibrillators.”

Yeovil Town Council is looking for additional contributions from businesses in Yeovil. Should your

organisation wish to contribute to this potentially life-saving project - please contact town clerk Amanda Card on 01935-382424 or e-mail: .

PHOTO – TOP: The crest of Yeovil Town Council and an example of a public defibrillator – not necessarily the ones which will be used in Yeovil.