A community resuscitation officer from the borough has been given training that could help save countless lives.
North East Hearts and Goals was set up by Christine Stephenson and her sister-in-law Kelly Best after Kelly’s husband – and Christine’s brother – Neil died at the age of 32 of an undiagnosed heart defect.
Now the charity has teamed up with the North East Ambulance Service to donate defibrillators to public places around the region, including Close House Hotel in Heddon-on-the-Wall.
Community resuscitation officer for NEAS, Alex Wheeler, who was delivering the training, said: “With this training we really want to get across that people shouldn’t be afraid to use a defibrillator.
“You can’t kill anyone by using it, it will only make people better.
“If it’s not needed it won’t work, so the machine tells you what to do.
“You can use a defibrilator without training, but we are more than happy to talk to anyone who wants to about how to use one.”
Each defibrillator costs around £800, and the charity hopes to have 17 across the region by the end of the year.
For more information visit www.neas.org.uk