The defibrillation units have been donated to Chebsey and Seighford Parish Councils by Network Rail and delivery partner the Staffordshire Alliance, who are constructing a new railway flyover as part of the £250million Stafford Area Improvements Programme to help provide faster, more reliable services for passengers.
With the works scheduled to run for another two years, the project team has formed a legacy group, featuring representation from the parish, borough and county councils and tasked with identifying betterment schemes for the local community.
Ian Jones, head of the Staffordshire Alliance explained:
“The legacy group is our way of thanking local people for their patience during these essential improvements, with the provision of defibrillators seen as a priority.”
A third defibrillator will also be presented to Chebsey Parish Council on project completion.
John Green, chair of Chebsey Parish Council said:
“As one of just a handful of parish councils in the county without a defibrillator, we are delighted that Network Rail and the Staffordshire Alliance have been able to help us obtain our own defibrillation unit.”
Added Gillian Cox, chair of Seighford Parish Council:
“It’s incredibly important for the local community to have access to this type of lifesaving equipment, which will prove invaluable.”