Installation of defibrilator could save lives at Leigh Park shopping centre

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SHOPPERS could play a life-saving role in emergencies thanks to a new public defibrillator.

The device, which can shock a heart into restarting, has been installed in a former phone box at Greywell shopping centre in Leigh Park .

Anna and Alan Morgan

Anna and Alan Morgan

The majority of funds for the defibrillator were raised by Anna and Alan Morgan, whose 17-year-old daughter Sarah died last year after suffering a cardiac arrest on a bus while on her way home from Waterlooville.

Anna believes that the availability of a defibrillator could have saved Sarah’s life.

She said: ‘I’m delighted that a new device will now be available for residents in Leigh Park to use in the event of an emergency.

‘Sarah’s illness was caused by a virus.

‘It could have happened to anyone.

‘This equipment will give the community peace of mind that anyone can make a real difference in an emergency.

‘The devices are easy to use and include audio directions, which mean that, although training can help, it’s not essential.’

The Community Heartbeat Trust, J Edwards Funeral Directors, and PJM Electricals gave money and support for the defibrillator, which is available 24 hours a day.

Hampshire Constabulary, Havant Borough Council, South Downs College’s public services group and BT supported the bid.

Anna added: ‘I’d like to thank members of our family and friends, alongside 
generous members of the local community who donated time and money to this 

Nigel Watson, of Havant Assets Limited, said: ‘We’re supportive of this defibrillator being installed as this is a positive development for both shoppers and residents.’

Havant Chief Inspector Clare Jenkins said the hard work of PCSO Alex McDonald made the installation possible.

She said: ‘The defibrillator’s upkeep has been arranged with a local firm who will change the pads after any use, and will monitor the maintenance issues, if they arise.

‘The defibrillator will be stored in a locked metal box and access will only be gained by a code number given after contacting the South Central Ambulance Service.’