A LIFE-saving defibrillator has been given to a Forest village after the topic came up in conversation.

The defibrillator was presented to Sedbury Park care home and will be available for anyone in the village to use.

The idea for the defibrillator came when Jacqui Long of the Friends of Sedbury Park went along to the Forest of Dean District Council offices in Coleford for the presentation of community grants.

She said: “I was talking to Cllr Terry Hale and I mentioned that it would be useful if there could be a defibrillator at Sedbury Park for use by the local community.”

The defibrillator was presented to the home by Cllr Hale (Con, Newland and St Briavels), the council’s Cabinet member for community, and paramedic Kevin Dickens of the South Western Ambulance Service.

Cllr Hale said: “When Jacqui said Sedbury Park would be happy to have a defibrillator, I jumped at the chance.

“The defibrillator is potentially a life-saving piece of equipment. I’m delighted that we now have one in Sedbury.”

The Friends of Sedbury Park was one of 20 community groups across the Forest that received a grant from the Forest Council.

The £500 it received will be used to bring people to the home for events such as the Christmas buffet lunch planned for Wednesday, December 16 and for other activities.