Willoughby pub raises funds for new defibrillator - and it’s already saved a life

Willoughby Arms. EMN-150617-145441001
Willoughby Arms. EMN-150617-145441001

The Willoughby Arms pub in Willoughby, near Alford, has raised the money required to install a defibrillator on site and available for public access 24 hours a day, seven days a week - and the device has already been used to save a life after a customer suffered a heart attack.

The tenants of The Willoughby Arms decided to fundraise for the defibrillator after a suggestion by one of their customers. Their campaign received an anonymous £1,000 donation, before raising another £650 through a quiz night, raffle, collection tin and other activities.

The device is kept in an outdoor storage box, and if someone needs to use the defibrillator they can get the pin number for the box by calling 999.

Adam Brown, from The Willoughby Arms, said: “We see ourselves as the heart of our community and want to be able to help those who live nearby in any way we can.

“This is why we were so keen to raise money for the defibrillator – I was even sponsored to get my chest waxed!

“We received a lot of local support and are particularly grateful to our anonymous donor.”

“The life-saving impact of this device really hit home when one of our customers had a heart attack in our pub garden and we used the defibrillator on them – the paramedic made it clear to us how without it, CPR on its own may not have been enough to help the patient.

“While we hope no one ever needs to use it, it creates a real feeling of security for residents knowing it is there if required.”

Stuart Bateman, Managing Director of Batemans, added: “We’re incredibly proud of The Willoughby Arms for their determination to raise enough money for the defibrillator; they exemplify the community-focused attitude we like all our landlords to have.

“This will make a real difference to those in the area and we would encourage other pubs to think about doing the same.”