Ragdale gets new defibrillator

The phone box in Ragdale containing the new lifesaving defibrillator EMN-161005-141530001

The phone box in Ragdale containing the new lifesaving defibrillator EMN-161005-141530001

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Villagers in Ragdale have celebrated the formal ‘opening’ of a phone box containing a new lifesaving defibrillator within it.

The phone box was opened by Dr Doug Skehan, consultant cardiologist at Glenfield Hospital, on Sunday. A fish and chip picnic lunch was enjoyed by 80 people after.

Ragdale residents and others at the village phone box which was formally opened oin Sunday with the new defibrillator within it. EMN-161005-141243001

Ragdale residents and others at the village phone box which was formally opened oin Sunday with the new defibrillator within it. EMN-161005-141243001

Dr James Falconer Smith, chair of Ragdale’s ‘StayingAlive’ group, thanked everyone involved in the project for their incredible support. StayingAlive also benefitted from generous grants from The British Heart Foundation and SADS.

Dr Falconer Smith said: “As a result we have a fully-installed defibrillator and a substantial amount of training equipment, all for about £900. The device could save the life of anyone passing through Ragdale. Everyone involved should feel very proud.”

A raffle for the Air Ambulance night car service raised £310.