New defibrillator installed at store in Hebden Bridge

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The Co-operative store in Hebden Bridge has had a defibrillator installed on its premises with the help of the local Rotary club.

The automated external defibrillator was officially handed over by club president Derek Bispham at a training session organised in conjunction with Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

The training session was delivered by John Spikings, of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, to Richard Varley, manager of the Co-op, together with four team leaders, Kenny Bills, Nathan Thorpe, James Dixon and Karen Dixon.

The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge has already worked with One Stop, donating a defibrillator and arranging training for staff in conjunction with Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Portable defibrillators are now in place at the One Stop, Tourist Information Centre and now at the Co-op on Market Street, supporting the static defibrillators in place at medical centres in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.

In the UK, 100,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest every year, with a 95 per cent mortality rate due to lack of response time, making it the UK’s biggest killer.