A Cheddleton pub-based choir has raised money to install three automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which can be accessed by local people, to cut the risk of the loss of a life in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.
The Cheddleton and Leekbrook area is now safer thanks to the fundraising efforts that have paid for the AEDs and their ongoing maintenance.
The idea to fundraise for the defibrillators came from regulars at the Red Lion pub in the village because of all the media attention around deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.
Mark Edge, a regular at the Red Lion, said: “We had an amazing fundraising day at the pub with a family quiz, an auction and performances by Phoenix Singers and our very own Screaming Cats charity choir (special thanks to Nathan Peak for music). Money raised at the event was further supplemented by donations from local businesses, community groups and individuals.
“Thanks to the good people of Cheddleton and surrounding areas for the support shown for the event and the subsequent fundraising. It was truly amazing to be able to fund not one but three lifesaving AEDs.
“A big thank you to everyone involved, especially the Red Lion for hosting the event and to F. Ball and Co. Ltd, Batemans, Gymstallations, Denise White Estate Agents and The Santas Charity Bike Ride from Werrington for their generous donations.
We would also like to thank those who have agreed to the installation of the defibrillators on their premises; The Red Lion, Leekbrook News and Leek Rugby Club.
The defibrillators were supplied and installed by charity AEDdonate. They will look after the installation, registration with the ambulance service, and regular maintenance of the defibrillators.
Jamie Richards, CEO of AEDdonate, said: “In the UK, over 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are treated by emergency medical services every year. Approximately one in 10 people will survive this event. The survival rate decreases minute by minute after sudden cardiac arrest; if a defibrillator is applied within three minutes, there is a 70 percent chance of survival. To improve this, defibrillators must be easily accessible throughout the country. Apply For Funding For Your Area Now.
“Defibrillators are extremely easy to use, and they provide step-by-step instructions in either verbal or visual form. They can be operated by anyone, with no prior training required.”
Photo: Representatives of the Screaming Cats Charity Choir with the new defibrillator at Leek Rugby Club (photo by Phil Calvert)