Somerset

Defibrillator gift remembers cabbie Dave Wally Waldron

A publicly available defibrillator has been installed on a wall outside a council building in Bath.

The lifesaving equipment located on Upper Borough Walls, near the Volunteer Rifleman's Arms, is accessed by a code given by the 999 operator.

It has been dedicated to the memory of taxi driver Dave Wally Waldron who died suddenly in April.

The defibrillator delivers an electric shock to help restart a heart which has stopped, or is not beating properly.

Survival chances of those affected by cardiac arrest decrease by 10% for every minute without defibrillation.

It was funded by a pub collection, donations from the British Heart Foundation and cash from Bath and North East Somerset Council.

Paul Alvis, landlord of the Volunteer Rifleman's Arms, said customers were already collecting for a second machine in nearby Larkhall.

"If an AED [automatic external defibrillator] helps to save just one life in Bath then everyone's efforts will have been well worthwhile," he said.

The equipment was unveiled by the city's Liberal Democrat MP Don Foster on Saturday afternoon.

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