The Wymeswold Defibrillator Fund - Update

It’s now a year since we launched the public appeal to provide two Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the village and, thanks to the very generous support of our parishioners, our targets were not just met but exceeded. Thank you once again to all those who supported the appeal.

The two AEDs have been purchased and installed in the village: one on the churchyard wall by the notice board at the top of The Stockwell, and a second on the outside wall of the Memorial Hall. Both units are now fully commissioned with the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

After the installations there was a balance of money remaining so we have purchased a third, portable unit for use at village events such as the Waddle, Duck Race, Open Gardens, Washstock and sporting fixtures. Should anyone be organising a village event and would like the portable unit to be available, please contact Peter Blount on 01509 889692.

A reminder that in the occurrence of a medical emergency, the first action in any instance should be to dial 999.

The emergency services will assess the situation and issue the release code for the units if necessary. The AED uses intelligent technology to shock the heart into rhythm. When applied to a patient, a sequence of voice commands and messages guide the user through the process. There is no medical training required to use the equipment.

Public access to emergency first aid equipment (including an Automatic External Defibrillator) can make the difference between life and death. Statistics show that early defibrillation can increase the survival chances of a person who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest by as much as 50%.

In an emergency the AEDs could just make that vital difference between life and death for a loved-one and we hope you’ll agree that the project will have been worthwhile.

Thank you again for your support.

Nick Shaw, Jason Whowell, Howard Cox and Peter Blount
The Wymeswold Defibrillator Fund