Did you know 100,000 people die through Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) every year?
No? You can help cut that death toll today…
Local Councillors Rosenau and Robinson have started a drive to increase the availability of defibrillators in and around Longton and Meir, with the hope that this will be widened to include both Weston Coyney and Meir Hay. Each defibrillator will be placed in a secure box which can be accessed via the emergency services in the case of a sudden cardiac arrest. Currently 5 sites have been identified as a minimum need for this area. These sites are Meir Co-op, Longton Fire Station, Meir Library, New Kingsway and Longton Wilkinsons.
Councillors Robinson and Rosenau have a personal interest in increasing the availability of defibrillators. In 2004, Chris Robinson suffered a heart attack after a shopping trip at Meir Park. Chris realises just how lucky he is, as a defibrillator was with him within 3 minutes and an ambulance soon followed, arriving 6 minutes after his cardiac arrest. Had these not been available as fast as they were, the consequences could have been far more severe. Chris recalls: “It was the 13th of April, 2004, a day that changed my life and my outlook. Were it not for the quick actions of the emergency services in resuscitating me, I would have missed so many happy memories. Both my sons have since married, my grandchildren have been born and I have watched my daughter turn into the beautiful young lady that she is today. I know that not everyone is as lucky as I was and that’s why we need more defibrillators positioned around our great City. It’s about giving people the best possible chance of survival until the emergency services arrive. I’d ask everyone to support this programme”.
Sadly Ruth Rosenau lost her mum to a cardiac arrest in July 2010. Ruth accepts that having AEDs available locally wouldn’t have helped her mum, but could help to avoid someone losing a loved one due to the time taken by the emergency services to get to a patient. Ruth said: “Anything that can be done to assist someone who may be suffering a heart attack has to be done. As a family, we were devastated by the loss of my mum. To avoid others going through that pain and anguish is an extremely worthwhile cause, so we shall be fundraising in various guises and hope that people will be generous with their support- no one knows who will be the next to suffer a cardiac arrest. Time is crucial”.
Each AED (Automated External Defibrillator) costs just under £2,000, and will be installed in a security-coded, vandal proofed, heat-regulating external storage cabinet. Once the installations have taken place, community awareness and training sessions will take place.
If you would like to help these Councillors make their local community more heart safe then you can donate using this page.
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