A VALE business park is putting lives first after having a life-saving defibrillator installed on site.
The defibrillator, which was recently unveiled at Blackminster Business Park, was paid for thanks to the generosity of the park’s owner, Paul Middleton, and Herefordshire based charity Four Acre Trust who match funded the cost of the life-saving machine.
The machine is now located outside the Potted Pantry café and is available to use 24 hours a day.
Staff from businesses based on the park also attended a first aid evening, hosted by the West Midlands Ambulance Service, who provided instruction in the use of the defibrillator.
Paul Middleton’s daughter, Julie, said: “We are a growing business park and we wanted to provide our community with a defibrillator. I am aware how valuable this equipment is in saving lives and now having one available for the whole community is fantastic.
“It has been a lot of work getting to this point and I would like to thank all concerned in particular Peter Andrews the Manager of Roundabout the furniture reuse charity based at the business park who came forward with the proposal and put me in contact with Hereford and Worcester Community First Responder trustee Sue Watkins who arranged the supply of the defibrillator.”
HWCFR trustee Sue Watkins added: “We would like to thank everyone in the community who supported this initiative. When someone goes into cardiac arrest, early medical intervention can significantly increase their chances of survival.”