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.
Defibrillators (also known as AEDs) are medical devices that help and support a rescue for a patient in Cardiac Arrest. Death from Cardiac Arrest if untreated is about 97% of cases. With the correct and rapid treatment, survival to hospital can, in theory, be raised to around the 70% mark, but this assumes rapid action, good CPR (Chest compressions) and also the timely use of a defibrillator.
The intention is for the project to be taken forward in conjunction with the Community Heartbeat Trust, a charity whose aims are to help and support communities in the correct provision of defibrillators.
The total cost of the project is likely to be in the region of £3,000 including the equipment, installation and training. There are many issues to consider which is why we have chosen to work with the Community Heartbeat Trust and we are working to a completion date of early Autumn.
We have flagged the project to Little Waltham Parish Council and it will be discussed at the next meeting on Tuesday 7th September. We hope that the Parish Council will agree to fund the main component of the project, the defibrillator device. We already have a kind donation from an external organisation to fund the cabinet for the device however the remaining costs (site preparation, installation & training etc) will need to be covered by local fund raising.
We already have some funds from resident and CRCG initiatives such as the recent driveway sale and raffle which was co-ordinated by Laura Lane. However we will 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 Donate with Paypal button below:
We will keep you up to date with progress of the project and thank you in advance for any contribution that you can make to such a good community cause.
All funds received will be used solely for the purpose of the Defibrillator Project.