A new defibrillator is in place at The Crossing Community Centre in Stone. The AED has been registered with the local ambulance service.

Katie Hagemeijer, Centre Manager said “On behalf of The Crossing Community Centre, I would like to say a big thank you for the installation of the defibrillator. It is great to know we have life saving equipment for the protection for our staff, volunteers and community groups.”

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive Officer of Stone-based charity AEDdonate, said: “We are delighted that The Crossing Community Centre now have their very own defibrillator. Congratulations to everyone involved for keeping their community safe in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.”

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