A lifesaving device is now at the heart of a small village.

Thurstonland is the latest place to get a defibrillator, following the death of a woman from a heart attack outside the Rose and Crown pub.

Villagers have rallied round to raise the £1,800 needed to buy and install the device, which emits electric shocks to someone whose heart has stopped.

It is now sitting proudly on a private house on The Village street.

Martin Bateman, a member of the Thurstonland Village Association, came up with the idea, after witnessing the tragedy.

His colleague at the association, David Jones, said: “Martin was driving through the village and saw a lady having a heart attack, which sadly proved to be fatal.

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“We discussed the need for one to stop any more deaths like this from happening and began fundraising.

“If you are within 200 metres of a defibrillator it can be used to help save someone’s life.

“It allows people to take action before paramedics arrive and using it can drastically improve the chances of someone surviving.

“Ours is accessible to 150 homes.”

Several organisations helped fund the device.

Martin Bakeman - right, holds Thurstonland Village's new defibrillator to be stationed at the home of Ruth Bower - 2nd right.

“The village community choir organised concerts and the Denby Dale Rotary Club helped us out, including by paying for the installation cost.

“The Parish Council then match funded us and villager Ruth Bower, who lives in the centre of the village, is the lady who has kindly allowed us put the defibrillator on her house wall.

“We think it’s the only one to have been installed on a private house in the Kirkburton area.

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“Hopefully it may never be used, but it will give the villagers piece of mind that if they should have a heart attack because they will now stand a better chance of survival.”

A paramedic has held courses to teach villagers how to use it.

“We’ve had two demonstrations from the ambulance service, which was really good.

“It’s an idiot proof device so you can’t go wrong.

“You just follow the instructions which are even spoken out to you.”