The Council is launching a fund to help pay for community defibrillators across the borough at an event next Wednesday.
It has set aside £13,000 for the defibrillator grants programme which could potentially help to save lives in rural communities.
Town and parish councils, village hall committees, sports clubs and community groups are invited to come along and find out how they can apply for up to 50% of the costs towards a defibrillator.
The event at Deane House next Wednesday (22 March) runs from 5pm to 7pm.
People attending can speak to representatives from two charities who specialise in giving advice and supplying defibrillators, as well as two organisations who help community groups and local councils apply for funds and manage projects.
Cllr Jane Warmington, Executive Councillor for Community Leadership, said: “A defibrillator could be lifesaving for a person who has a sudden cardiac arrest. The faster the response the greater the chances of survival so access to a defibrillator is vital. We hope this new funding programme will see an increase in the provision of defibrillators especially in the rural parts of the borough, and I would encourage as many people as possible to attend the information evening.”
Anyone planning to attend the launch needs to pre-register by calling 01823 356328 or 01823 356481, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org