Residents gathered at a Feniscowles café this week to witness the unveiling of a defibrillator in memory of a woman who died of a heart attack.

Claire Eastwood died in January at the age of 42 and since then her friends and family have been raising funds to purchase the life-saving piece of equipment.

She was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of four and had suffered from renal failure, required a kidney transplant, and faced other life-threatening conditions like sepsis, cervical cancer, and meningitis.

Lancashire Telegraph: Claire EastwoodClaire Eastwood (Image: Steven Stott)

In September last year she suffered a cardiac arrest during her recovery from an operation but survived.

On January 4, she suffered a heart attack, but this time doctors were sadly unable to save her.

The new defibrillator is located at The Arches Café in Kentmere Drive and the opening event on Sunday, July 9, was attended by Claire’s friends and family as well as local residents.

Steven Stott, Claire’s fiancé, took charge of organising the installation of the defibrillator, which he said “now stands as a testament to Claire’s memory and a symbol of unity and care within Feniscowles”.

The ceremony was filled with heartfelt speeches and memories, and Claire’s family expressed their appreciation for the outpouring of love and the donations that made the installation of the defibrillator become a reality.

Lancashire Telegraph: Claire's fiance Steven lead the fundraising for the defibrillatorClaire's fiance Steven lead the fundraising for the defibrillator (Image: Steven Stott)

In addition to the installation of the defibrillator, Steven has organised a training session for the proper usage of the equipment.

The training will be provided free of charge to all interested people and will give them the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively respond in an emergency.

The Arches Café participated in the fundraising efforts and pledged to ensure the defibrillator is easily accessible and well-maintained for the benefit of the community.

For further information about the defibrillator training session, contact Steven Stott on