A BARNSLEY village’s first defibrillator has been installed, all thanks to a donation from a 92-year-old lady. 

The lifesaving equipment is now on the side of Tankersley Welfare Hall, Pilley Lane.

The money to fund the equipment was kindly donated by Pilley resident Joan Shepherd, who has lived in the village since 1957 and who wanted to do something to help her community.

Joan’s late husband Colin Shepherd was pit manager at the local Wharncliffe Silkstone Colliery, and Joan donated the money in his memory. 


“It was such a kind a generous thing Joan did,” said Tankersley Community Society treasurer John Hopkinson, whose group uses the welfare hall and who helped organise the installation of the device.

“We don’t have a resource like this in the village, and we hope we never need it, but we are glad to have it nonetheless and it is a testament to the generosity of Joan.”