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Rotarians fund new defibrillator for the Peak District

Rotarians fund new defibrillator for the Peak District

While the coronavirus has halted folk from visiting national parks, a Rotary club has provided a Peak District pub with a defibrillator which will assist visitors needing emergency health care.

The Derbyshire-based Hope Valley Rotary has managed to secure funding for a new defibrillator based near Longshaw Estate near Sheffield.

The National Trust estate sits in the heart of the Peak District, providing spectacular views of the ancient woods, meadows, parkland and heather moorland. It also hosts thousands of visitors each year.

Peta Kingwell, chef at the Grouse, and John Broughton , secretary of the Rotary Club of Hope Valley after the official switching on of the equipment

The gift of the defibrillator which gives high energy electric shocks to the heart of someone who is in a cardiac arrest, has been achieved by a grant from the British Heart Foundation, collections from members of the public, plus donations from members of Hope Valley Rotary.

The defibrillator is situated outside the Grouse Inn in Longshaw, courtesy of the landlords, Mr and Mrs Fletcher, at the rear of the car park, and is available for anyone to use.

Many people are apprehensive about handling these machines, which are easy to operate with spoken instructions being given by the machine itself. Users cannot inadvertently shock a person who is not in need of defibrillating.

Once the coronavirus pandemic is over and visitors once again return to the Peak District, there are plans to hold sessions at The Grouse Inn to explain use of the defibrillator and basic first aid strategies.

Peta Kingwell, chef at The Grouse, said: “We are pleased to be able to help the British Heart Foundation, the local Rotary club, and particularly local people for whom this machine could really be a life saver.

“We are happy to have the defibrillator outside our pub as it is a popular place for people who are nearby on any of the many footpaths in the area.

“It may enable those who are taken ill to have sustaining assistance until the emergency services can arrive.”