Bushey Museum are working alongside AEDdonate to have a defibrillator installed in their community.
“The Museum has decided to install a defibrillator to honour the memory of Gareth Wood, who died in August 2021, aged 53. Gareth was our former Buildings Manager and a well-loved member of the Bushey community. He hated any kind of flummery or fuss and we feel he would have approved of the practical nature of this memorial, which will be of benefit to the whole village.”
30,000 people die each year from out of hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), 620 of these are people under the age of 35 and 270 of these deaths happen to children within schools. If defibrillation takes place within the first three minutes of a SCA, the patient’s chances of survival increase by upwards of 80%.
Having the defibrillator installed means that it can be deployed by the local ambulance trust in a bid to give the patient the all-important shock to the heart prior to the ambulance arrival. The defibrillator is by no means a replacement to the ambulance service, it just allows patient treatment to commence immediately.
If you can help by donating, supporting with a fundraising event, or taking on a virtual sponsored challenge then please contact us.
If you are interested in becoming a Community Champion yourself or are aware of any places which may benefit from having public access to a defibrillator then please contact us on 01785 472224 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We will help you manage the campaign from start to finish, providing fundraising materials, a page just like this one and in some cases helping you to help your community on its way to becoming heart safe.
*Funding is dependent on your location as to what we have available from our funding partners. Funding changes on a daily basis, call us to find out more.