A Machynlleth caravan park has two reasons to celebrate following the installation of a defibrillator and the exceptional service of an employee.

Warren Park at Penegoes, near Machynlleth, recently installed the potentially life-saving equipment – the first in the village.

Representatives of the Welsh Hearts charity have visited the park to provide defibrillator training to local villagers, members of staff and caravan owners.

Julia Warren-Kyle, one of the owners of the park, was concerned by the lack of a defibrillator in the village, and set about getting one for the site.

“As a nurse prior to working in tourism I understand how vital time can be in these emergency situations, so Warren Park and its visitors held a number of fundraising events to help raise money to purchase the defibrillator from the Welsh Hearts charity,” she said. “The AED device is now located near reception and accessible 24 hours a day, every day for the emergency use of both the local community residents and tourists staying in the area.”

Also at the site, long-serving groundsman Trefor Davies was surprised to receive an exceptional service award from the park industry’s official body, the British Holiday & Home Parks Association, for his conscientious commitment and customer care over 30 years.

“Trefor came to work on the park upon leaving school at 16 and he grew to become a hard-working, important and reliable cog within our family business,” Julia said.