The local community in the Stone area will better protected after the installation of a new Public Access Defibrillator at Custom Bicycles new shop on the canal side.

The AED (Automated External Defibrillator) was fully funded by AEDdonate.

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive of AEDdonate said “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 %. I am delighted that as a charity we have been able to donate a defibrillator to Custom Bicycles. This is a busy stretch of the canal with walkers, industrial units and people living on the boats. As with every installation will hope it will never be deployed but it’s there and ready should it be needed.

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.”

Custom Bicycles said “We are very proud to announce that we now have a defibrillator on site along the canal. Thankyou so much to AEDdonate for supplying the device.”

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