The first ever community defibrillator in Thame has been declared open at a Scout hut thanks to the fundraising efforts of a community group.
Mayor Peter Lambert unveiled the life-saving equipment at the 1st Thame Scouts hut on Southern Road thanks to money raised by Staying Alive Thame.
The campaign was sparked by a past incident at the Thames Barns Centre where a defibrillator could have saved a life, and the group’s aim is to raise enough money to place 10 invaluable defibrillator boxes across town as it’s so far from a major hospital.
Members also hope to encourage businesses who have their own defibrillators to consider putting one of them on in a box on the side of their buildings for community use.
At the official opening, a cheque for £1,619.55 was handed over to Staying Alive Thame raised by youngsters from Thame 1st Scouts and Red Kites Explorers Scouts after their sponsored walk across the Chilterns in March.
All of the community defibrillators will be registered with emergency services; so if you call an ambulance they will tell you if there is one nearby and give you the code to access the machine. Search Staying Alive Thame on Facebook for more information.