Defibulators added in Wymondham.

Posted 12/02/2024 : By: Trevor Gurney

Towards the end of last year, our Wymondham Town Council became aware of a special offer available to local councils to purchase defibrillators (Defibs) at a reduced price. Having consulted with the chair of the Finance & General Purposes Committee, Cllr Julian Fulcher, it was agreed this was an excellent opportunity for Wymondham to have some brand new Defib units.


Deputy Mayor Cllr Annette James then began researching where existing Defibs were available in Wymondham and which parts of town were missing having access to these life-saving units. Once areas in need were identified, Cllrs Annette James and Lucy Nixon met with some local businesses to see if they would be happy to host a machine.


The first was installed outside the new Co-Op store on Silfield Road. Store manager Sheena Chapman said she was really happy to have one as there wasn’t any publicly available south of the railway bridge. “I’ve experienced both staff and customers having medical emergencies at other places I’ve worked and these units can be life-savers.’’


The second unit was installed outside the Garden Centre in North Wymondham on their side wall which is accessible 24/7 from Tuttles Lane East. Brenda Groucott from Wymondham Garden Centre said that she too had been involved in an incident where a customer had collapsed. “Our nearest Defib was the one on Lime Tree Avenue and we had to rush over there to get it so we are very happy to have one right here.’’


Mayor Cllr Suzanne Nuri-Nixon who has previously fundraised for other Defibs in the town said that she was delighted that Wymondham Town Council has been able to add additional Defibs to provide life-saving support to the community.



Photo caption:

Cllrs Annette James and Lucy Nixon with Silfield Coop manager Sheena Chapman


Cllrs Annette James and Lucy Nixon with the Garden Centre’s Brenda Groucott and Becky Wilson