A LIFE-saving defibrillator has been installed at the Somerford Arms in Little Somerford thanks to funding by Malmesbury League of Friends (MLOF).

Three local parish councils have already received funding from MLOF to install defibrillators in their villages.

Many local parishes already have them, and others are still considering the offer from MLOF of £1,500 each towards their installation.

Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) have been described as the single most important development in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.

Designed for use by untrained members of the public, they have improved the health outcomes of thousands of people who have suffered from cardiac arrests.

MLOF chairman David Hide said:

“ We are delighted to have helped towards the installation of a defibrillator in Little Somerford. We’d like to hear from any other local parish councils who do not currently have one.”

Diane Sharp, Chairman of Little Somerford Parish Council, said: “ We are very grateful to have received this help in placing this life-saving facility in the centre of the village.”