Two new defibrillators for public use have recently been installed on the Island.
Managing director of Hurst, Jevon Kennedy, welcomed the new equipment installed in the county town. He said: “Our Newport branch is close to Newport Quay and just off the High Street with shops, businesses and homes nearby. We also have staff working in and around our Newport flagship store.
“Last year we decided the location would be ideal for a defibrillator for public use.
“We began fund-raising and with the generosity of the Newport Business Association (NBA) and other local businesses, we are delighted to have a defibrillator in place outside our main entrance on the corner of Holyrood Street and Lugley Street.
“Some colleagues attend the IW Heart Care Club and we are currently planning the first annual Hurst Charity Bike Ride to support the club on August 14, cycling to all six of our branches across the Island.
“I would like to thank Su Godridge, our Newport branch manager, for her determination in raising funds, the NBA and some of its members, who generously donated privately, and Steve Read, from IW Defibrillators.”
Chillerton and Gatcombe Parish Council (CGPC) and Chillerton and Gatcombe Community Association (CGCA) have also come together to install a defibrillator on the outside of Chillerton Village Hall.
Both defibrillators will be available at all times of the day and night, to residents and visitors.