Council launches village heart appeal

HEART attack victims in two North Somerset villages could see their survival chances boosted by a new fundraising campaign.

Cardiac arrests claim 250 lives a day in the UK, killing more people than either lung cancer or breast cancer.

However, defibrillation within three minutes of the arrest can boost survival chances from just five per cent to more than 70 per cent.

That is why Yatton Parish Council is running a �6,000 drive to buy three communal defibrillators to dot around village and neighbouring Claverham.

The authority has kick-started the appeal with a �1,000 contribution, and is appealing for others to support the cause.

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A council spokesman said: “The council hopes to raise enough money to provide three defibrillators, one in the centre of Yatton, one near Horsecastle and one in Claverham.

“Local businesses and voluntary organisations are being asked for their support, although individuals can contribute as well.

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“Automated external defibrillators are available for use by any member of the public and no training is required.”

Donations can be sent to the parish council at Yatton Library, High Street, Yatton, BS49 4HJ.

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