Within three weeks Haverhill’s first publicly accessible defibrillator should be installed - with two more set to follow.
Haverhill Community First Responders has been approved a £2,000 grant from ONE Haverhill to buy a defibrillator and cabinet in which to mount it on an outside wall at Haverhill Rugby Club in Castle Playing Fields.
The acquisition of the equipment has been assisted by the charity, Community Heartbeat, which helps provide defibrillators for community use.
Plans are also in place for two more public defibrillators in the town; one at the police station and another at the Health Centre in Camps Road.
Haverhill Community First Responder, David Halsey (who is also vice-chairman of the rugby club), said: “It’s gone from a slow, steady pace to running quite fast.
“At the moment it’s gone from us thinking, my God, how are we going to get the grants together to get one defibrillator to having three now. From our point of view its fantastic.”
The ONE Haverhill grant can be released once the rugby club sends it a letter confirming permission for the defibrillator to be kept there. It will be available to anyone using the playing fields.
Mr Halsey hopes the equipment can be installed by February.
The responders had already raised enough money - including £500 from Haverhill Round Table - to purchase a defibrillator and cabinet, which they hope to put at Haverhill Police Station, once the move is approved by the Constabulary.
County and borough councillor Tony Brown has also pledged to use his locality budget to buy a defibrillator and cabinet and is seeking approval for it to be placed outside the Health Centre on Camps Road.