A defibrillator is now available at the Dean Castle Visitor Park in Kilmarnock. The machine was placed thanks to fundraising and a grant awarded in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

Community champion Joan McHarg contacted AEDdonate after seeing a social media post, we were delighted to support the campaign with funding. Park Runner Scott Finnie completed both Edinburgh and Stirling marathons helping to complete the fundraising efforts and raise awareness of the project.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. Providing an essential and potentially life-saving, stage in the treatment of anyone suffering a Cardiac Arrest, defibrillators are easy to operate with step-by-step instructions for members of the community to use in an emergency. They’re becoming an increasingly common sight in public places across the country and have already saved many lives. The machines are designed to be used by anyone with or without prior training. Anyone needing a defibrillator should call 999 in the first instance and the call handler will advise where the nearest one is and how to access it. If effective CPR and a defibrillator can be applied within the first 3-5 minutes of collapse the chances of survival for the victim can increase from 6%-74%. Without immediate treatment, 90%-95% of patients will die.

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive of AEDdonate said: “It’s great to see another AED out in the community. I would urge other people in the area to contact us to see how we can help. It may be that we have funding available in your area”

Did you know that 270 children die every year of sudden cardiac arrest at school? Defibrillators play a major part in the chain of survival.

Early 999 call
Early CPR
Early defibrillation
Early advanced care

Do you have a missing link in your chain? let us help you to be prepared in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.