A very generous donation of 6 defibrillators was donated to us by the amazing people at RWE Robin Rigg Offshore Windfarm in the Solway.

Mathew Davies from RWE said “Robin Rigg Offshore Windfarm is located in the Solway half between the Scottish and English coasts.  We have 58 turbines which are maintained throughout the year.  Several years ago we realised our basic first aid provision wasn’t adequate considering the location and environment our teams are working in.  We invested a lot of time and money to improve the training and equipment we provide to our team. This included every work party being issued with an AED.

In some restrictive locations it became apparent that it was impractical for the technician to take the full first aid kit we him/her right to their point of work so we decided to issue a smaller bag which contained an AED and catastrophic bleeds kit.  For this smaller bag to work we need to replace our standard defibrillators with the compact Fred Easyport units.  This left us with a number of AEDs which were no longer required offshore.

We are really delighted AEDdonate have taken delivery of our defibrillators and can use them in the community.  Our team at Robin Rigg are proud that we have been in a position to do something positive with a great charity.”

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive Officer of Stone-based charity AEDdonate, said: “As an organisation we are very happy to receive these defibrillators which we will reuse out in the community. Thanks to Mathew and the team at RWE for their very kind donation.”

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