A LIFE-SAVING heart-starting machine will be installed at a village hall near Stafford in a bid to save lives.
Hyde Lea Village Hall will pay £1,400 for a public access defibrillator on the wall outside so it can be used in an emergency.
Two courses have already been held in the village but the machine does provide recorded instructions so anyone who uses it will be guided through the process,
The nearest defibrillator currently in the area is at Burton Manor Sports Club.
A number of organisations around the borough now have the defibrillators, which can save lives in the vital few minutes before paramedics arrive when someone suffers a cardiac arrest.
A number of people across Stafford and Stone have been saved by the machines, including former Staffordshire county squash player Russell Follows, who collapsed at Stone’s Westbridge Park last year. Fitness instructor Lee Nicklin grabbed the onsite defibrillator and started Mr Follows’ heart.
And Jeff Ford, 58, from Wheaton Aston was saved by team mates who grabbed the onsite defibrillator when he collapsed at the Monckton Centre in Penkridge while training with fellow rugby players two years ago.