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Attleborough pub has defibrillator installed after landlady's near miss




After months of fundraising, a pub has finally been able to install a defibrillator – almost two years after its landlady almost died.

Sam Taylor, who runs The London Tavernin Attleborough, had to be given CPR by her husband, Stephen, in December 2018 after she suffered a bran aneurysm. The couple have been committed to providing a defibrillator for the town ever since.

The pair were able to raise £900 before the onset of lockdown, with non-profit charity Heart 2 Heart covering the remaining cost and supplying the defibrillator, which arrived last Wednesday.

Attleborough, Norfolk, 29/08/2020..Stephen and Sam Taylor of the London Tavern in Attleborough which has been raising funds to order a defibrillator. After Sam suffered an aneurysm in 2018 and needed CPR which has led to the decisions to raise the funds to have one installed...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (41519464)
Attleborough, Norfolk, 29/08/2020..Stephen and Sam Taylor of the London Tavern in Attleborough which has been raising funds to order a defibrillator. After Sam suffered an aneurysm in 2018 and needed CPR which has led to the decisions to raise the funds to have one installed...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (41519464)

It will now be registered on the East of England ambulance map and will be available at the pub for anyone who needs it at any time of the day or night.

The fundraising efforts began last year with a “buy a Jager, save a life” campaign, in which the pub donated all profits from Jager sales towards buying the defibrillator.

Mr Taylor, 40, who is also a retained firefighter, said: “The defibrillator will be one of three in Attleborough that are available at any time.

“We know from experience how suddenly things can take a turn for the worse, so it’s been incredibly important to be able to offer this as a safety net to our community.

“We’re so lucky to have really supportive customers, especially the regulars, some of whom have become of our closest friends.

“They support us in all that we do and have contributed to such a great cause, which we are extremely grateful for.

“Pubs are often the heart of their communities, so being able to provide a piece of equipment that could potentially save somebody’s life is a lovely feeling. The more defibrillators that are available to the public, the better.

“To any pub considering it, the running cost is minimal, approximately £100 over 10 years, and it only requires a quick visual check once a week.

“Heart 2 Heart Norfolk has been fantastic and we would recommend more people get in touch.”



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