A NEW defibrillator has been installed at the Assembly Rooms, thanks to the ALTON LIONS SUPPORTERS CLUB.
The defibrillator is on the side of the Assembly Rooms (because it is a Listed building), next to travel agents Travel Bag. It is housed in a bright yellow cabinet and is easy to see and use and is also compatible with machines used by the ambulance service.
Clear instructions are printed on the front of the cabinet next to a key-pad for people to follow in the case of an emergency. First people should dial 999, then keep calm and follow the instructions. The defibrillator is designed to save people who may have a heart attack when out in this area of Alton when in such cases, every second counts.
The defibrillator has been paid from funds developed through the Alton Lions Supporters Club and has been organized by Lion Sarah o’Donoghue. Club members said they “value our Supporters very much” as they help at events when extra people are needed and provide valuable extra funds.
Alton Lions Club Supporters pay £12 per year and whilst some of this money is given out in prizes and the remainder is used for valuable projects like the defibrillator.
Alton Town Council has installed the machine at a site of their choice. The council is also covering the cost of insuring and maintaining the equipment.
The Lions Club of Alton is always on the lookout for more ‘Supporters’ to help with service in the community and would welcome new supporters at the monthly Craft Market or direct contact can be made by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0845 701 8332.