A DEFIBRILLATOR is to be installed at a caravan park near Bramhope.

The Outer North West Area Committee agreed at its Monday, March 5 meeting to provide £1,642 of funding for the initiative.

The device, which delivers electric shocks to the heart, will be available for anyone to use during emergencies involving a cardiac arrest.

Councillor Barry Anderson (Con, Adel & Wharfedale) said: "I am pleased that the bid was made and was successful.

"St Helena’s is quite isolated in terms of its position in relation to the village of Bramhope and it is important that, whilst securing defibrillators for a number of areas in the ward, St Helena’s is included.

"This will provide a degree of reassurance not only for the permanent residents but also those visiting on a short term basis."

Councillor Caroline Anderson (Con., Adel & Wharfedale) added: "We really welcome this investment for St Helena’s.

"There are 80 pensioners living there and within a half a mile radius there are ten farms and houses which could also access this equipment if necessary.

"It is important that word is spread that the defibrillator is there.

"The funding has paid for the equipment and for the installation costs.

"It is a good addition to the current sites that we now have across the ward."

Global First Aid Services will now proceed with the defibrillator's installation.