Community access defibrillator appeal

Appeal TOTAL      £750.00

Last updated

02-Dec-18

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.

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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

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