Village residents given extra life-line thanks to council grant

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The chances of surviving a heart attack in Wappenham have increased after a defibrillator was installed at the village Chapel thanks to a £1,211 Community Grant from South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

In the heart of rural South Northants, residents are much further away from emergency help than some communities, and the evidence shows early intervention can make all the difference.

Paul Sutton, SNC's chief finance officer said: "The health and wellbeing of residents is one of the council's key priorities.

"More than 60 people turned out to a presentation from the East Midlands Ambulance Service about the defibrillator at the Village Annual Assembly meeting last May and there was unanimous support of the proposal."

Cllr Hillary Wickham, chairman of Wappenham Parish Council said: "We are delighted to provide the community with a defibrillator that can be used at any time of the day or night and, although we hope it never needs to be used, it could prove essential in saving a life.

"Although no training is necessary before using the equipment, we have arranged for East Midlands Ambulance Service to provide a training session for interested parishioners which will take place next month."

SNC Community Grants are available to any not-for- profit organisations located in or associated with the district.

A wide range of projects and activities may be eligible for help, including capital projects (buildings and infrastructure), as well as smaller projects such as supporting the purchase of much needed equipment, the delivery of local schemes or events.

For more information email the SNC Community Grants Officer Katie Arnold, call her on 01327 322216, or visit the Community Grants webpage.