A new defibrillator cabinet has been installed at Littleworth Reading Room in Faringdon. The Parish Council had an existing defibrillator and wanted to make it publicy accessible. The device has been registered with the local ambulance service.

Adrian Pickett, Parish Clerk said “Littleworth is a small rural village in Oxfordshire. Our Parish Meeting decided we needed a defibrillator and cabinet because it was a 20 minute round trip to the nearest one – not a lot of help in an emergency. Gaining support to raise funds to get the project started was not hard, a number of residents work in the emergency services and for them having a defibrillator in the village was a no brainer. The team at AEDdonate were great to work with, helping us with the funding to finish the project and getting the right cabinet for our needs.”

 

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive Officer of Stone-based charity AEDdonate, said: “We were delighted to supply a defibrillator cabinet for Littleworth Reading Room. This means that their existing AED is now available to the public 24/7.”

AEDdonate covers the whole of the UK to raise awareness, knowledge and confidence in the safe use of defibrillators and CPR as well as fitting them within local communities.

To donate to the charity from home visit aeddonate.org.uk, or to discuss fundraising for a community defibrillator in your local area call 01785 472 224.

The chance of survival after Sudden Cardiac Arrest decreases minute by minute, but if someone is shocked with a defibrillator within 3 minutes their chance of survival increases by 70 %.

Having an AED within a 1/2-mile radius from wherever you are I believe is a must. We would welcome further communities to get in touch to see if we can help.”

If anyone dials 999 to a patient who is in cardiac arrest in the area, the caller will be advised on the location of the defibrillator and provided with the code to open the secure cabinet in which it is housed. The ambulance call assessor has the ability to talk to any caller, defibrillator trained or not, through instructions on how to use the device as well as CPR techniques. The defibrillator itself also provides voice guidance throughout and pictorial guides are also present.

If you would like more information on how you or your business can donate a defibrillator to a Community Public Access Site visit www.aeddonate.org.uk