Life-saving defibrillator installed at recreation ground in village near Milton Keynes

Villagers in Hanslope have a new piece of life-saving equipment available to them thanks to a local housebuilder.

Davidsons Homes, which is building at The Wheatfields, off Long Street Road, has donated a defibrillator to the village after becoming aware of residents’ concerns about the lack of one in their community.

The device has been installed on the wall of the pavilion at the recreation ground, off Castlethorpe Road, where several local football and cricket clubs play.

Jo Wright, Secretary of Hanslope Hornets Football Club, one of the teams which play at the recreation ground, said: “We are extremely grateful to Davidsons Homes for this generous donation, as this vital piece of equipment will be a great source of comfort to the club as well as the wider village."

Mark Flack, Treasurer of Hanslope Hornets Football Club, added: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to Davidsons Homes for arranging this, and Hanslope Parish Council for allowing installation. Our club has grown to six teams with almost one hundred players, and on some match days we can have 150 attendees on site, so having the defibrillator available is of great comfort.”

Hanslope Parish Council will manage the defibrillator going forward, including organising training sessions for the device and ensuring that the equipment is maintained.

The defibrillator delivers a dose of electrical energy to the body to restore a regular heartbeat in the event of a cardiac arrest, and contains simple instructions that mean untrained members of the public can use it.

According to the British Heart Foundation, around 30,000 people suffer from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year and only one in 10 survive. However, with the use of a defibrillator or effective CPR, the chances of survival increase dramatically.