New Automated External Defibrillator for The Griffin Pub, Rugby

1st December 2021 - Rachel Richards

A new public access defibrillator has been installed at The Griffin Public House in Rugby thanks to Forkers Ltd Civil and Ground Engineering Contractors based in West Bromwich. The AED has been registered with the local ambulance service and is available to the public 24/7.

Peter Watson, Managing Director at Forkers, said, “In recognition of the patience, cooperation and understanding of the local community during the completion of the Draycote DMA Water Mains Renewal Project in the Hillside and Rokeby area of Rugby, Forkers are pleased to have been able to donate an AED unit to the community which has now been installed at The Griffin Pub on Kingsway. We would like to thank AEDdonate, West Midlands Fire Service, Local Councillors and The Griffin Pub, who have assisted us with the arrangements.”

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive Officer of Stone-based charity AEDdonate, said: “We are delighted that Forkers Ltd of West Bromwich have fully funded a brand new public access defibrillator at the Griffin Public House in Rugby. 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, 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

01785 472224