At AEDdonate we feel it is important to recognise the efforts, dedication and passion shown by the community to support the placement of defibrillators. Today we launched our ‘Heart of the Community’ monthly recognition award.

Our first award goes to Neil Arrowsmith of the Cherryfields campaign in Stone, Staffordshire.

Neil decided to start a campaign after attending one of the charities Defibrillator awareness sessions. Neil openly admitted his knowledge concerning defibrillators was minimal and wanted to learn more. A week later Neil popped into the office with a request to start a campaign on the Cherryfields estate in Stone. 6 months later and Neil is delighted that arrangements are being made to get the defibrillator installed. The campaign will benefit the local community 24/7. Neil is proud that the community have come together to raise the funds for the device but said his message was very clear ‘one is simply not enough’. The Ambulance Service activation area to a Cardiac Arrest means that more defibrillators are needed to ensure maximum coverage is achieved.

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive of AEDdonate said, it was a pleasure to give this award to Neil. Neil has gone above and beyond for his local community and he has achieved what he set out to do in just 6 months. The most important factor here is that Cherryfields will soon have their AED installed. Neil is having a well-deserved rest now but hopes to be back soon ready and raring to go for his next mission.

So how did Neil do it?

Neil managed to get a team of 15 volunteers to give hours of their time in order to make the campaign a success. The team walked their socks off delivering leaflets door to door, they spent time in Aldi collecting donations and every local business was contacted to ask for support. Donations were also made by the local councillor Jill Hood. Neil would like to thank everyone who has supported him in his mission to get the lifesaving piece of equipment for the local community.

Neil has left the office this morning armed with details for the free awareness session coming up in February with plans to advertise more in the coming months.

Free Basic Life Support and Defibrillator Training will be taking place on February 21st 1800-2000 hours at the AEDdonate Community Room, 69 High Street, Stone, ST15 8AD please call 01785 472224 if you would like to secure a place.