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Defibrillator installed at High Peak hospice thanks to local grant

Alistair Rogerson and Kath Sizeland with the newly installed defibrillator.

A life-saving defibrillator has been installed at Blythe House Hospicecare in Chapel, thanks to a grant from Chapel-en-le-Frith United Charities.

The kit has been erected on an external wall of the hospice on Eccles Fold so that it is easily accessible – directly under the main sign for the building. 

Alistair Rogerson, business development manager at Blythe House, said: “We’re so grateful to Chapel-en-le-Frith United Charities for funding the installation of the defibrillator. 

“I hope that this equipment will bring peace of mind to the community – although we hope it never does need to be used, it’s great to know that it’s there and will be able to provide life-saving treatment to a patient whilst an ambulance is en route.” 

Borough councillor Kath Sizeland had suggested the hospice as an accessible location that would complement other defibrillators in the town centre. 

She said: “It is a crucial piece of emergency medical equipment, and it was really important that another defibrillator was installed at the “top end” of the town, to supplement other equipment in lower Chapel-en-le-Frith.” 

The importance of defibrillators has made global headlines after Danish footballer Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during his side's Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday, where he received life-saving CPR and defibrillation on the pitch.

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