Residents on the Churwell Action Group have welcomed the installation of a new community defibrillator, located at Phoenix House (the old church) on Elland Road.  The defibrillator was installed recently, and the 999 ambulance control room have the PIN number to access the unit in an emergency.

The defibrillator was funded by local businessman Jon Graves, who purchased the old church building to house his telecoms business Northern Telecom in 2016.  Jon explained his reasons for funding the defibrillator “It maybe an old fashioned point of view these days, but I believe that businesses have a responsibility to give back something to their local community. I really hope there’s never a need to use it, but I’m really pleased that it’s there just in case.”

Churwell Action Group Secretary Councillor Lew Beever added “We’re pleased that Jon and Northern Telecom have been able to contribute to the local community. It’s a great example for other local businesses to follow.”

Although the defibrillator is designed to be used without any prior instruction, training is being offered through Community Heartbeat.  Anyone interested in attending a training session should contact simon@northerntelecom.co.uk – places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

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