TWO life-saving defibrillators are now accessible to the public thanks to donations from a councillor and a business.
In Lee-on-the-Solent, Councillor Graham Burgess used his devolved budget from Hampshire County Council to move the defibrillator from inside the community centre to an outside wall.
It is so important that we have them available and we will continue to work with the community first responders to get more in Gosport.Councillor Graham Burgess
Meanwhile, electricity company SSE gave a grant to the Langstone Village Association to put a defibrillator at the back of the Royal Oak pub in the high street.
Both machines are in secure cases and can be used by anyone, 24 hours a day.
Cllr Burgess said: ‘Although Lee-on-the-Solent Community Centre had the defibrillator inside, it was only usable when the centre was open.
‘But now it is outside, it is there 24/7.
‘It is so important that we have them available and we will continue to work with the Community First Responders to get more in Gosport.’
To move the defibrillator and get the case cost £700.
Cllr Burgess added: ‘At the moment in Gosport we have 10 defibrillators available at all times and one in the Co-op on the Lee-on-the-Solent High Street.
‘If we can help as councillors to get more, then we can.’
Langstone Village Association applied to SSE’s resilient communities fund aimed at helping groups and organisations.
Chairman Cecily Hughes said: ‘We’re very grateful to SSE for this donation which enabled us to buy such an important piece of equipment.
‘This defibrillator at the Royal Oak will make a huge difference to our ability to deal with an emergency situation if it arises.
‘Having such a simple-to-use but potentially life-saving piece of equipment in a well-known location is very reassuring.
‘While we hope that we never have to use it, we’re all very pleased it is here.’
Alan Parry, co-ordinator for Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent Community First Responders, said he was happy with the support the group had been receiving from councillors and the community.
‘We want to see defibrillators in places where there is a large flow of people so having support is great,’ he said.