We are currently finalising a funding application that will be submitted to Little Waltham Parish Council for discussion at their next meeting on 7th September. It has become clear that supporting a community defibrillator project is not just simply about purchasing a defibrillator and installing it in a central location and there are many issues to consider!
On the basis this is a resident led project, the intention is to progress using a Managed Solution Partnership model through the Community Heartbeat Trust with a 4-year period of ongoing support to minimise risk and to ensure governance is fully taken care of. This model ensures that all governance and insurances are fully dealt with appropriately, and is what the charity specialises in:
“The Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT) is a charity whose aims are to help and support communities in the correct provision of defibrillators, but in sustainable, resilient and governance led manner.”
The specification of the device, cabinet and ancillary items have been discussed with the Community Heartbeat Trust and a we intend to hold a final meeting with them imminently to confirm we have everything covered. The package will include:
- Cabinet (with information backboard)
- Community Signage Pack
- Community Training (Virtual & Classroom)
- 4 Year Support Agreement
As previously noted, we need at least £500 of local fundraising and we have to evidence to the Parish Council as part of the application that we have done everything we can to secure some of our own funds.
Our donations currently stand at £422 so please do donate, no matter how small the amount. If every occupied household contributed just £1.15, we would hit our local fund-raising target. Thank you so much to everyone that has donated so far and it’s easy for anyone to contribute to the Defibrillator Fund via the Donate with Paypal button below:
Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson
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