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Honley village becomes a genuine lifesaver - find out how here

Village rallies round

Honley has truly become a community of life-savers.

Village residents and businesses have worked together to fund and source a total of four defibrillators.

They are now being installed around the village to help heart attack victims.

The devices can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest.

The idea originally came from Carron Blagborough, of The Allied, in Church Street, who initially bought the first defibrillator for her customers and then decided it would be best to locate it where it was accessible for use by the village community.

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She asked local businesses and customers to get involved in raising funds for a case for the defibrillator to be housed on the wall outside her pub.

Yorkshire Building Society and Honley Business Association were quick to realise what a great idea these units were, and how important it was to secure more for the village to cover a larger geographical area, and soon a second defibrillator was funded by their collaboration.

Left to right: Andrea Brook (YBS), Melanie Mountain (YBS), Adele Oxley (Chairman HBA), Chris Armitage (Taylors Foodstore). Picture by Sandie Nicholson

Andrea Brook, manager of the Honley branch of the Yorkshire, said: “The Charitable Foundation is funded by our generous members and I know they would be as proud as we are to support such a life-saving cause.”

Honley Business Association also applied for a grant from the British Heart Foundation for a further two units and are delighted to have secured these for use in other areas of the village.

One is outside the Allied in Church Street and a second is at Taylors Food Store, Meltham Road.

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The Honley Business Association are now liaising with other potential locations regarding sites for the remaining two and have appealed for ideas as to locations.

June McLean, Secretary of the Honley Business Association said: “We are delighted to have helped to provide this life-saving equipment, meaning that local people have the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest.”

The Community Package secured from the British Heart Foundation contains an innovative kit which includes everything needed to learn CPR in half an hour.

Honley's new community defibrillator, positioned outside the Allied, Church Street.



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