A SPECIAL piece of life saving equipment has been unveiled at Thatto Heath train station.

Last year, Linda Fraser – a mum of three from the area – suffered a heart attack at the station and died three days later.

Now, in a bid to save others, Linda’s family has joined forces with train operator Northern to install a defibrillator at the ticket office in her memory.

Chris Jackson, regional director for Northern, said: “This life-saving piece of equipment has been made possible through the hard work of Linda’s family and we are delighted to have been able to help, especially after everything the family has been through.

"We truly hope this will leave a lasting legacy and we look forward to working with the Fraser family on future initiatives.”

The Fraser family had been fundraising for a defibrillator in the hope that the equipment will prevent other families having to endure the suffering they experienced and contacted Northern to provide raffle prizes in a bid to raise funds for a defibrillator

 But, after hearing of their efforts, Northern funded the full cost and installed a plaque in memory of Linda.

Linda’s son, Adam, said: “It was an absolute pleasure for all the family to meet Northern. It was an emotional week for us all as we were presented with the defibrillator and plaque at Thatto Heath station. We would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved.”

Thatto Heath is not the only place to benefit from the work of Linda’s family. They have also raised enough to pay for two more defibrillators to be installed in the community.

To donate towards their funds visit bit.ly/2R9YXhl.