Channels Defibrillator: Project is Go!

A detailed grant application was submitted to Little Waltham Parish Council in August which made the case for funding to cover the capital cost of equipment, installation, set up and the first 2.5 years of a 5-year Annual Support Agreement. The application was discussed at the Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 7th September and it was supported by councillors meaning the Defibrillator project can progress to the mobilisation stage.

We would like to thank Little Waltham Parish Council for the generous grant as this accounts for over 80% of the project costs and without it, the project would have been significantly delayed or even put on hold.

Funds raised through local initiatives will cover support costs for the remaining 2.5 years of the Annual Support Agreement (after which the position will be reviewed) and all training requirements. We would therefore like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to all residents that donated as local fund-raising was also critical to the success of the project.

The requirements for the project have been fully worked up through collaboration with the Community Heartbeat Trust so the next step is to order the equipment as specified in the grant application, sign the Managed Support Partnership agreement and arrange for installation.

The intention is to have the Defibrillator installed, training & community awareness undertaken and the device ‘live’ by the end of October 2021.

It has taken a lot of work to get to this point however the biggest hurdles have been overcome and the process should be a little bit easier from now on! Keep an eye out for further updates 🙂


Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson