The automated external defibrillator will be taken to NN coNNect’s five breakfast meetings and one evening meeting across Corby, Daventry, Northampton, Stanwick and Wellingborough – just in case the network’s 114 members suffer a similar fate.

Members raised more than £1,000 to buy the life-saving piece of equipment after Phil Snelling, who runs HR Bespoke Solutions, had a cardiac arrest in May last year.

Phil, from Northampton, was fit and healthy before the incident. “I cannot remember too much about it but I got home and collapsed and was completely out of it,” he says.

“My daughter did CPR for ten minutes until the paramedics arrived and took over.”

Phil (pictured with NN connect director Paul Green) spent four days in intensive care Coventry Walsgrave Hospital after being flown there by air ambulance. he is now fully recovered and back at work at his recruitment business.

Mr Green said an available defibrillator increases a heart attach victim’s survival chances by more than 50%. “We are obviously hoping we do not get to use it but it is there just in case,” he added.

Phil said: “It can happen at any time to anybody. I’m now fit and well and have been back at work for over a year. When I saw the e-mail from Paul regarding raising funds to get this, it meant a lot to me.”  

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