Book funds life-saving device

Chatton resident Ian Catchpole with Joy Palmer Cooper.
Chatton resident Ian Catchpole with Joy Palmer Cooper.

Chatton has joined the increasing number of locations in rural Northumberland which have a public-access defibrillator.

An enthusiastic team of village residents attended a recent training session conducted by the North East Ambulance Service and the defibrillator has been installed on the external wall of the Percy Arms Hotel in the centre of the village.

The device has been purchased with income deriving from the sale of the book Chatton – A Portrait, compiled several years ago by resident Joy Palmer Cooper, pictured above with Ian Catchpole, who has extensive prior experience of using such devices.

While funding for the defibrillator itself has come from the book fund, the village is extremely grateful to the Belford Medical Practice Equipment Fund for purchasing a secure cabinet in which to house it, and to the owners of the Percy Arms for agreeing to the installation of the device on their wall.