Life-saving defib in Draycott
 
BHF, Church Wilne Rotary Club and Draycott Village Fund
to give cardiac arrest victims fighting chance of survival

Draycott is to become a community of lifesavers after it has been fitted with a public access defibrillator (PAD) and has been awarded a CPR training kit by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Church Wilne Rotary Club and Draycott Village Fund (DVF) raised over £500 to part-fund the potentially lifesaving machine and received the Call Push Rescue training kit following their successful application for a Nation of Lifesavers Community Package from the charity.

The Community Package contains the innovative kit which includes everything needed to learn CPR in half an hour. DVF plan to run training sessions in the local community meaning everyone can become potential lifesavers.

Church Wilne Rotary Club member & First Responder Brian Stokes
with Draycott Village Fund Chair Di Arum placing Defibrillator in cabinet.

The defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest. This is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and they lose conscious almost at once. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. So it's really important the people of Draycott know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.

Over 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK every year but currently less than one in ten survive. The BHF want to create a Nation of Lifesavers in a bid to boost these shocking survival rates.

The charity is campaigning for defibrillators to be made more accessible and recognisable to the public and want all young people to be taught CPR and PAD awareness at school. Since launching the campaign in 2014, at least 350,000 people have joined the Nation of Lifesavers by learning lifesaving CPR.

First Responder and Church Wilne Rotary Club Member Brian Stokes said: "We are delighted to have raised enough money to help fund this lifesaving package. The defibrillator is located at the Public convenience's in the village meaning that local people have the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest. We're keen to help DVF get as many people as possible trained in CPR too."

Judy O'Sullivan, Assistant Programme Director at the BHF, said: "More than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year but less than one in ten survive. More people could be saved if more defibrillators were available in public places and if more people felt confident using them and performing CPR. We are delighted that Church Wilne Rotary and DVF have joined the BHF's Nation of Lifesavers campaign - by making another defibrillator available in a Draycott and teaching CPR locally. It could really be the difference between life and death. "

When someone suffers a cardiac arrest their heart stops pumping blood around the body. They lose conscious almost at once and there are no signs of life. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. So it's really important people in Draycott know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.

To date the BHF have helped place over 13,000 life-saving defibrillators in communities around the UK. The BHF asks for a contribution of £400 towards each defibrillator as part of the Community Package. To find out more about defibrillators and how to place one in your organisation or community visit www.bhf.org.uk.

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian John Astell at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Adrian Perkins
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne


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