2 August 2023

Village volunteers' latest life-saving project success

A public fundraising campaign run by volunteers and a collaboration between the community council, a local luxury hire boat company, and the Canal and River Trust has seen another life-saving Public Access Defibrillator installed in Llangattock.  It has been fitted to the amenity block at the Lime Kilns, just above bridge 115 on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

The fundraising campaign to pay for the bright yellow cabinet to house the defibrillator was run by the Llangattock Village Society (LVS).  Helen Burns of LVS said: “We’re grateful to everyone in the community who donated and helped in any way. Particular thanks go to Alasdair Kirkpatrick of Beacon Park Boats for his support and generosity, to the Canal & River Trust for allowing the equipment to be placed on their property, and to Save a Life Cymru for steering us through the process. Finally, we’d like to thank Llangattock Community Council for agreeing to take responsibility for the equipment.”

Alasdair Kirkpatrick said: “We are delighted to support this project.  You never know when a medical emergency will strike.  I am still recovering from a sudden illness six years ago and having a defibrillator so close will reassure our customers and the community of Llangattock should the worst happen.”

Tim Jones, Vice Chair of Llangattock Community Council said: “When the Village Society asked us to take long-term responsibility for this life-saving piece of equipment, it was supported unanimously.  We are grateful to them for doing all the hard work to help make Llangattock safer.”

Helen Burns added: “There are now three Public Access Defibrillators in the village and one restricted access defibrillator at the Community Hall. We sincerely hope that none of this equipment ever needs to be used!”

Public Access Defibrillator locations:

The Lime Kilns, Bridge 115   location by What3words: quantity.jots.mops

The Horseshoe Inn, front exterior wall

Reception at the Old Rectory Hotel

The picture shows Village Society Volunteers with Alasdair Kirkpatrick (black jacket), Helen Burns next to the defibrillator cabinet and Sian Davies from Save a Life Cymru.

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