Making us ready to cope with another emergency

Gwyn donates £600 towards cost of a new defibrillator

Gwyn pictured in her lovely back garden.

Bishop Monkton villager Gwyn Sagar has donated £600 towards the cost of installing another public defibrillator in the village.

Ripon Lions have also donated £200 towards the cost of the new defibrillator while the Parish Council will make up the full cost of purchasing this new piece of life-saving equipment.

Two factors influenced Gwyn to make her generous donation.

One was a tragic incident eight years ago when her brother, Keith, a farmer, suffered a serious heart attack while showing cows at Otley Market and he died shortly afterwards. There was no defibrillator available then at the site which, had there been one, she now thinks might have helped save him.

The other incident which influenced her decision was something that occurred in more recent times in which a Bishop Monkton villager suffered a heart attack, but this had a happier outcome. Our other public defibrillator, located at the Village Hall, was brought into use and almost certainly saved his life. The villager has since made a complete recovery.

‘Yes, I felt it was important to have a new defibrillator located near the centre of the village, and accessible for anyone to use’ she said

The location of the new defibrillator is still being finalised. One idea is to locate it outside the Methodist Church but another option would be at the Masons Arms.

The Parish Council will decide and will then invite Gwyn to ‘do the honours’ at an unveiling ceremony which is likely to be in the near future.

Villagers are grateful to Gwyn for her wonderfully generous donation and although she hopes the defibrillator will never need to be used, it will be there just in case there are further emergencies in the coming years.

Gwyn, who has lived in the village for 40 years, has been an active member of the Entertainments Group and her performances on stage, including pantomimes, are well remembered.

Before her retirement Gwyn worked for a nursing agency and before that worked at Spring Hill School