Lifesaving kit installed in pub

Withy Arms Bamber Bridge

Kieran Johnson, manager at the Withy arms in Bamber Bridge with first responder Dawn Taylor during the defibrillator training at the pub

A landlord has installed a defibrillator at a popular pub – in case a local suffers a heart attack.

 Lee Forshaw who owns the Withy Arms in Bamber Bridge has had the lifesaving kit installed after hearing more about the need for them at a Pub Watch meeting.

Now staff members at the watering hole have been trained how to use the kit by the North West Ambulance Service and would be ready to spring into action should the time ever come.

The defibrillator is currently housed inside the pub but Lee hopes that eventually it can be fitted to the wall outside so it can be accessed day and night.

Lee added: “We bought it because it is something everyone can potentially benefit from.”

Bosses largely covered the cost of the kit themselves but some of the funds were raised through a gravy offer on the menu.

If diners want extra gravy is costs 50p and that money is collected for charity.

Lee added: “The training went very well, all the feedback said it was very well received.”

The initial idea was raised at a meeting of local landlords where a presentation about the equipment was given by the North West Ambulance Service.

The aim is to eventually have three defibrillators in Bamber Bridge.