A community defibrillator has been installed on the outside of Inglewhite Congregational Church on Silk Mill Lane.
The defibrillator, paid for from church funds, is now available for the public to use in an emergency and can be used to administer an electric shock when someone has suffered a heart attack.
Pastor John Irwin said: “With so many people using Inglewhite Church and several walkers and cyclists passing the church regularly, the members felt it important to provide the best possible care for ourselves and also our local community in an emergency”.
After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.
The church has arranged for Longridge and District Community First Responders to give defibrillator and CPR training at the church on Monday, November 23, from 6pm-7.30pm.
Everyone is welcome to go along for the training, but places should be booked in advance.
Contact the church office on 01995 641175 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.