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East Ruston’s first defibrillator, courtesy of pub landlady

New defibrillator at The Butchers Arms, East Ruston. Pub landlady Julie Oatham, centre, pictured with supporters and residents.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

New defibrillator at The Butchers Arms, East Ruston. Pub landlady Julie Oatham, centre, pictured with supporters and residents. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

A north Norfolk village has its first defibrillator after a pub landlady raised more than half its cost.

New defibrillator at The Butchers Arms, East Ruston.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY New defibrillator at The Butchers Arms, East Ruston. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Julie Oatham, landlady at the Butchers’ Arms pub in East Ruston, was told by police to try and get a defibrillator for the village, after a man suffered a medical emergency.

He survived but she vowed to get the life-saving equipment for the village from that day on.

The Oak Lane pub raised £790 and East Ruston Parish Council contributed another £600 to pay for it, and it was installed outside the pub on Tuesday, April 10.

Parish council clerk Clare Male said: “The ceremony was hosted by the chairman of the parish council, Heath Brooks and Richard Price, district councillor for the area, was also present. The defibrillator is kept in a cabinet, so it cannot be vandalised. The pub holds the access code but anyone who dials 999 will be given the code to open it. You don’t need any training, as full instructions on how to use it are given.”

New defibrillator at The Butchers Arms, East Ruston. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY New defibrillator at The Butchers Arms, East Ruston. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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