Sheringham launches its first publicly-accessible defibrillator during Carnival Week
After a year-long fund-raising campaign, Sheringham joins a growing list of Norfolk towns and villages that have their own publicly-accessible defibrillators (heart-starting machines). The campaign, coordinated by the Ambulance Services local First Responder volunteers, buys, maintains and trains the general public to use these life-saving machines that can improve the survival rate of people suffering a sudden cardiac arrest to 74%.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the UK; 76,000 people die each year from it, yet with simple heart massage and prompt defibrillator use, many could survive.
Photograph: Kevin Theodore (Trustee for "Shocking Now!", one of the sponsoring charities and defibrillator trainer)
David Draper (Coordinator, Sheringham First Responders, sponsoring charity)
Angela Reith (General Manager of the Age UK Day Centre - where the new defibrillator is located).
Photo courtesey of Chris Taylor Photo
Sheringhams first defibrillator is housed in a purpose built, key code-secured
box outside the Age UK Day Centre in Cremer Street and is accessed by calling 999. Angela
Reith, Manager of the Centre kicked-off the fund-raising last summer and Age UK matched
her raffle ticket-selling efforts pound for pound. The First Responders gave their
donations from Budgens and Sainsburys shoppers coppers.
Photograph: features the aforementioned with Jason Bell (to David Draper's right - Upcher Community Partnership charity sponsor) along with staff and clients of the Age UK Day Centre.
Photo courtesey of Chris
Day Centre Manager, Angela Reith, explained: I wanted to be able to offer a high level of support and reassurance to my Day Centres clients. This defibrillator is so safe and simple to use and thanks to Shocking Now!, all my staff and around twenty other local members of the public are trained in its use. I cant say were looking forward to using it, but feel we are completely prepared.
If you would like to support the First Responders campaign for a second defibrillator in the town centre or to volunteer your time to help them, details can be found on their web site at: www.sheringham.respondersuk.org or leave a message on 07795 057 345.