Community access defibrillator appeal
Appeal TOTAL £750.00
Stand back …. keep clear …. shocking …..
It’s a sentence that many of you may have heard in a television drama or perhaps a film at the cinema, but it’s a phrase that many of us will hopefully never have to hear for real.
A defibrillator (AED) is a device that can help save a life should someone stop breathing or is breathing erratically, such as a heart attack or cardiac arrest. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10% - every second counts. So the quicker a defibrillator is used, the greater the chance that the person will survive - that could be a family member, friend, colleague … or even YOU!
Our ambulance service and hospitals are struggling with the number of patients and resources are being stretched to breaking point. A public access defibrillator (PAD) may help to save a life in our local community.
This appeal is to raise funds for a public access defibrillator to be sited outside the Community Centre at Jennett's Park. We need to raise a minimum of £2500 to cover purchase, maintenance and installation costs. Any money raised over the initial target will be spent on providing AED/defib courses for interested residents and hopefully another AED to be located in the Wykery Copse area.
Jennett's Park Community Association started their defibrillator appeal in 2015 and by the end of the same year had raised enough money to fund their first device. After a short delay the defibrillator was eventually in September 2016.
The AED is housed in a wall mounted, heated cabinet outside the Community Centre and is secured with a press button lock. The AED is registered with South Central Ambulance Service who will provide the lock code in an emergency.
It was always hoped that a second defibrillator could be funded and sited nearer to Wykery Copse and Peacock Farm - although the appeal fund never officially closed, the appeal 'reopened' at the end of 2017 with a new target of £2500.
How is money being raised ?
The Community Association has been actively raising money in a number of different ways
- Donation buckets at Community Centre events (Pantomime, The Supertronics concert, Community Cafe)
- Letters to local companies
- Online shopping through Amazon Smile and easy Fundraising
- Donations through JustGiving, PayPal and Just Text Giving
- Cheque and cash donations left at the Community Centre
- Recycling printer cartridges