Local MP Tessa Munt joined villagers and Parish Councillors at the weekend for the unveiling of a new life-saving defibrillator.
The equipment, used to guide bystanders through the steps which can save the life of a cardiac arrest patients, is sited on the wall outside the Memorial Hall in Binegar Lane.
Welcoming everyone, Gus Halfhide, said:
“We were faced with the task of raising £3,000, but thanks to the generosity of many people, we are now in possession of this new piece of life-saving equipment.”
He added: “I should like to thank the Yeovil congregation of the Plymouth Brethren who, with local MP Tessa Munt, have helped us so generously, together with local businesses Morris and Perry, Francis Flower and Adrian Wilmott, and everyone who donated to door-to-door collections and boxes in the Post Office and pubs. Thanks are due too to local electrician Phil Bridges, who installed the equipment for us”.
Speaking at the unveiling, Tessa said:
“This bit of kit is a potential lifesaver for the residents of and visitors to Binegar and Gurney Slade, and this part of the Mendip Hills is relatively remote – so it can take some time for an ambulance to arrive when there is an emergency”.
“I was pleased to be involved in this effort and I am delighted the Plymouth Brethren along with prominent local business people and the efforts and generosity of the villagers mentioned by Gus gave me the opportunity to help the area get a piece of equipment which can make all the difference in a rural community. The Brethren’s offer to cover the costs of replacement pads after the machine is used is wonderful, when they have donated the not inconsiderable costs of the machine to start with!”