Equipment could be a life-saver

BREATHE EASY: Colin Spence, Sue Brotherwood and John Sayers with the new defibrillator, which will be kept at the town council offices in Sudbury.
BREATHE EASY: Colin Spence, Sue Brotherwood and John Sayers with the new defibrillator, which will be kept at the town council offices in Sudbury.

WHEN a pensioner broke her leg in a fall in Sudbury last year, it was the catalyst for a new piece of life-saving equipment to be installed in the town council offices.

The unfortunate incident resulted in the pensioner waiting nearly an hour for an ambulance, and Sudbury Town clerk Sue Brotherwood, who was at the scene, said: “At the time, I remember thinking ‘what if this was someone who had stopped breathing?’.

“That is why I thought we needed to have a defibrillator nearby, which could be accessed and used not only by trained staff but by members of the public in an emergency.

“I was going to fundraise, but county councillors John Sayers and Colin Spence provided the £1,695 needed to purchase the potentially life-saving equipment.”

The defibrillator is used to help people who have collapsed to breathe, and eight town hall staff have been trained to use it.

Mrs Brotherwood said the council would be drawing up a list of where other defibrillators are located around Sudbury to ensure police, paramedics and the public know where to go in an emergency.