THE MP for South Derbyshire says it is ‘absolutely vital’ that more lifesaving machinery is installed across the area.
Heather Wheeler spoke out as she decided to offer her backing to the Mail’s Stay Fit, Stay Alive campaign.
The parliamentarian is now urging gyms, fitness centres, schools and business to make sure they have defibrillators.
She said: “I have been campaigning for defibrillators to be put in place across a range of sites in the area for some time now and I am delighted to be able to back the Mail’s campaign.
“I have been working with district, county and parish councils in a bid to get more and more of the devices put in place.
“Only recently I was pleased to see that through Derbyshire county councillor Linda Chilton, Newton Solney Parish Council were able to purchase a defibrillator. This was great news, as community defibrillators are responsible for helping to save numerous lives. Communities are able to help each other before an ambulance is able to be arranged, which is so important at such a crucial time.
“There are already a number of local people who have volunteered to act as responders to any emergency.
“This one machine showed me how vital they can be to a community and moved me even more to keep campaigning to get more devices fitted in the area.
“I now appeal to businesses, gyms, fitness centres and schools to look into getting a defibrillator installed and, potentially, helping to save someone’s life some time in the future – surely that means it’s worth it.”
The Mail launched its campaign after a 64-year-old man was left brain damaged after suffering a cardiac arrest while he was working out at a local gym.