Local people celebrated the installation of a defibrillator in Allerton this week. Rotary’s international charity The Rotary Foundation made a grant of £500 which was matched by the Rotary Club of Mendip. This sum, together with major contributions from Allerton’s Parish Council, Harvest Home and Cricket Club, other village clubs and local donors, enabled the purchase to proceed very quickly.
The unit is now installed locally and available should the need arise. Rotarian Scott McIntosh who co-ordinated the appeal in the two villages said “The generous response from the residents has been heart-warming, but in reality simply reflects the strong feeling of community within the Allertons. The total raised will also allow for a number of sessions of CPR training for interested residents and this is now being organised.”
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Mendip president Mike Hiles said “Rotary is pleased to be involved with this project. Many people do not understand the difficulties faced by rural communities in getting speedy help when someone has a heart attack, and this machine will provide the necessary reassurance to the people of Allerton and surrounding areas.”