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

Defibrillator Project Update

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:

  • Defibrillator
  • Cabinet (with information backboard)
  • Community Signage Pack
  • Community Training (Virtual & Classroom)
  • Installation
  • 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

Community Debribrillator

The issue of having a defibrillator on the development has been raised a number of times and due to strong support from the wider community, the project is now being taken forward.

The project is being led by Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson (two of the original Channels Community Group founders) which includes scoping, fund-raising and implementation.

We are going to need at least £500 of local fund-raising to complete the project and it’s easy for anyone to contribute to the Defibrillator Fund via the large Donate with Paypal logo below!:

For more information and updates about the project, take a look at the Community Defibrillator Page and thank you in advance for any contribution that you can make to such a good community cause.


Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson