A new public access defibrillator has been installed at the Green Door Visitor Centre at Westport Lake, Stoke-on-Trent. The AED has been registered with the local ambulance service and is available to the public 24/7.

Julian, Project Lead at Green Door said “‘It was a very proud moment for everyone involved in the project to raise funds for a defibrillator at Westport Lake. A long term goal of our volunteers together with support from the wider community was realised in July 2020. As Project Lead at Green Door, I, personally, am immensely proud of everyone who was involved.”

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive Officer of Stone-based charity AEDdonate, said: “We were delighted to supply an external AED (Automated External Defibrillator) at the Green Door Visitor Centre at Westport Lake which is available for everyone in the area. Congratulations to everyone involved in their tremendous fundraising efforts to get the defibrillator for their community.”

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