The Stonehouse parkrun team had been actively fundraising for the machine as part of a nationwide campaign to have the life-saving device available at all park run locations.
Local football team Stonehouse Town FC became involved when Gloucester-based Longlevens AFC were offering a free defibrillator in a Twitter poll.
The local support for the campaign was fantastic, with Stonehouse winning the poll and receiving the kit for free. A secure cabinet to house the defibrillator was funded by a grant from Gloucestershire County Council’s Active Together fund and the original funds raised by the parkrunners.
EESI Group were inspired by the local support and insisted on installing the cabinet free of charge.
Event Director for Stonehouse parkrun, John Tierney, was evidently delighted by the local unity shown by the town:
“It’s been amazing to see the community spirit on show every week at parkrun. And even better to see the football club, parkrunners, council, EESI Group Services and so many other people come together to make this happen. Of course we hope it’s never needed, but should the worst happen it’s so reassuring to know we have the right equipment to help at any time.”
The defibrillator can be found on the pavilion at the Oldends Lane playing fields and can be accessed by dialling 999 at any time. A code for the machine will be provided and the emergency services will offer support while an ambulance is en route.