The community of Wells is now better protected in the event of a cardiac arrest thanks to funding received from the Tesco bags of help scheme. The defibrillator has been installed and is now ready and available to the whole community 24/7.

A sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone of any age at any time, a defibrillator is designed to be used in the vital minutes prior to the arrival of the ambulance service on scene. Defibrillators are easy to use and anyone needing one in an emergency should call 999 in the first instance to ensure an ambulance is on the way. The ambulance service will be able to direct the caller to the nearest machine.

Bags of Help

Launched in 2015, Bags of Help sees charities and community organisations awarded grants to fund local projects. Originally funded by the sale of 5p carrier bags it reduced single use bag use by 72%.

In August 2017 Tesco replaced single use carrier bags with new Bags for Life made from 94% recyclable plastic, to help reduce bag use even further. The money raised by the sale of these bags now funds Bags of Help.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000. Customers are given a token when they buy their shopping that they can use to make their choice using the voting units in most stores.

We may have funding available in your area, click the link to find out more https://www.aeddonate.org.uk/apply-for-funding/