LIVES could be saved after a publicly-accessible defibrillator was installed at a pub.
There were cheers as the device was unveiled at The Fareham Pub, in Trinity Street, Fareham.
Publicans Martin and Diane Munns have spent the past year trying to helping a variety of community causes and believe a 24-hour access defibrillator was something Fareham town centre needed.
There are defibrillators in Fareham, but the vast majority are not available round-the-clock.
The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Mike Ford, cut the ribbon to officially unveil the defibrillator, which is at the entrance.
The device is yet another to be installed as The News continues to campaign for more defibrillators, which are able to shock the heart back into action when someone goes into cardiac arrest.
Our campaign aims to double the number of defibrillators across our area. There are currently around 70.
Martin and Diane raised the cash by donating a day’s takings to charity.
They amassed a whopping £3,500, more than enough to pay for the £1,500 defibrillator.
A portion of the cash has been used to pay for CPR training over the next five weeks at the pub every Tuesday evening.
Martin said: ‘If it’s shut up inside the pub, it’s not available 24 hours a day.
‘If someone really does need it, it’s going to be in the hours we are not here.
‘With it being outside, people can dial 999, get the code from the ambulance service and then use it.’
The pub is an ideal location as it is in a busy area.
Pub-goer Colin Arch, from Southampton, helped to inspire The Fareham pub to get the defibrillator.
The musician was at a gig when a friend had a cardiac arrest, and he helped to carry out CPR to save him.
Colin was shocked when he discovered there is a lack of defibrillators and launched the organisation, ‘Feel The Pulse’, to help rectify the problem.
Cllr Ford said: ‘It’s a wonderful idea. We know quick use of defibrillators will save lives.
‘I take my hat off to the initiative of the landlord and landlady.’
Other good causes helped by the pub include The Rainbow Centre and The Rowans Hospice.