Lancing now has more publicly-accessible defibrillators than any other town or village in Adur, thanks to residents Terry and Faye Ritchie.
The couple have funded the purchase and installation of a potentially life-saving machine outside Miller & Carter restaurant in Manor Road, North Lancing, as part of a public appeal launched by the Chairman of Adur District Council, Cllr Joss Loader.
Their generous donation was match-funded by The Sussex Heart Charity and the defibrillator was installed by P & H Electrical Solutions Ltd at reduced cost.
Cllr Loader said: "This is an incredibly generous gesture and I’m delighted that we have secured a second defibrillator north of the A27. I am obviously indebted to Faye and Terry and very sincere thanks also go to Sonia and the team at Miller and Carter.”
There are now five public defibrillators installed across Lancing as a result of the appeal. The others are sited outside Fircroft News in Manor Road; Visions Hair Salon in Crabtree Lane; Lancing Parish Hall and the Lions Hall in Roberts Road.
Funding will also be announced for a sixth in South Lancing, shortly and there are two further defibrillators, installed prior to the appeal, on the seafront.
Joss launched her initiative after the success of the Shoreham Beach Residents’ fund-raising drive last year and in memory of her late father, Brian Hollebone. He died from a sudden heart attack, aged just 49.
She added: “If I can help prevent a similar tragedy striking any other family, I will consider this a job very well done. If you have any fund-raising ideas for any location across Adur, please do give me a call on 07838 379599 or email email@example.com."