Save a life in town with new devices

The second of three life-saving devices has been installed in town so anyone can help a heart attack victim.

Buckingham Tesco now has a defibrillator by its main entrance and the £2,000 device is ready to use in an emergency.

Young Citizen of the Year Olivia Parkinson (left) demonstrated how to use the device

Young Citizen of the Year Olivia Parkinson (left) demonstrated how to use the device

It was unveiled at a ceremony in the London Road store on Friday when a heart attack scenario was staged and Young Citizen of the Year, Olivia Parkinson, played the life-saver.

Geoff Shaw has spearheaded the Buckingham Automated External Defibrillator (AED) campaign to raise funds for the devices.

Mr Shaw, who had a cardiac arrest himself in 2002, said: “I found out we didn’t have any and I thought for goodness sake, they are saving lives. When someone has a heart attack, that person will be dead in eight minutes. Now, we can do something about it.”

Consultant Elizabeth Prior works for Gawcott-based company Cardia Solutions which services the devices.

Buckingham Tesco now has a defibrillator by its main entrance and the �2,000 device is ready to use in an emergency. PNL-141029-161404001

Buckingham Tesco now has a defibrillator by its main entrance and the �2,000 device is ready to use in an emergency. PNL-141029-161404001

She said: “I hear: ‘How many people actually have cardiac arrests?’ But then how many fires are there? We still have extinguishers.

“A lot of people fail because of all the red tape but Geoff is unusual to get this done. He is a persuasive man and wasn’t going to be stopped.”

The first device was installed on the side of the Community Centre in Cornwalls Meadow and the third is due to be installed later this month.