New kit at landmark Letchworth building could be a lifesaver, says Rotary

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Life-saving kit is being installed at one of Letchworth’s most iconic buildings thanks to a cash injection from the Letchworth Howard Rotary Club.

An automated external defibrillator, which can resuscitate victims of cardiac arrest, is to be installed at the Nevells Road adult education centre visited by up to 1,000 people a week for courses, lectures, meetings or other events.

The equipment has been supplied by St John Ambulance and training is being provided by Herts Fire and Rescue Service.

The project was initiated by the late Keith Dew, a former president of the Rotary club and a Letchworth Settlement committee member.

The club has provided £800 for the project, matched by the club, to make up the £1,600 total needed.

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Letchworth Settlement chair Pam Burns said: “We are most grateful for the donation of such an important piece of equipment and are ensuring that the appropriate number of Settlement people are being trained to use it.”

To find out more about getting a defibrillator call St John Ambulance on 0844 770 4800 or visit

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