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Lifesaving Defibrilator at Calvert Trust Exmoor

Calvert Trust Exmoor have partnered with the British Heart Foundation to give cardiac arrest victims a fighting chance of survival.

 

Calvert Trust Exmoor has now been fitted with a defibrillator by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) after The Friends of Calvert Trust Exmoor donated £400 to part-fund this potentially lifesaving machine.

 

The idea of having a defibrillator permanently on site was initially suggested by Louise Benjafield from Splash Swim School who runs regular swimming classes in Calvert Trust Exmoor’s swimming pool. Not only did Louise suggest a defibrillator, she went on to research where to get one from and linked Calvert Trust Exmoor up with BHF. Louise is pictured presenting the defibrillator to Chris Mullan, Reservations Supervisor for Calvert Trust Exmoor.

 

Defibrilator Presentation

 

A 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. It works by delivering a controlled electric shock through the chest wall. For every minute that passes without defibrillation, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent.

 

Sarah Forsey, Grants and Awards Manager at the BHF: “Less than one in ten people that suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital live long enough to leave hospital alive. But many people could be saved if more defibrillators were available for use in public places. We are delighted to have partnered with Calvert Trust Exmoor to make another defibrillator available in a location where its use could really make a lifesaving difference to someone having a cardiac arrest. ”

 

Defibrillators need to be placed in areas where there are a high number of cardiac arrests or where it is hard for the ambulance service to get to quickly. This can include rural areas, areas with poor road networks or where large crowds gather.

 

Josh Allan, Lead Fundraiser for Calvert Trust Exmoor: We are delighted to be able to support our local community by hosting this this defibrillator, and thankful to the Friends of Calvert Trust Exmoor for donating the funds to make it happen.  The defibrillator will be placed in our reception entrance meaning if someone does have a cardiac arrest the equipment will be available to give them a fighting chance of survival.”

 

Calvert Trust Exmoor is also hopeful that they will soon be able to provide a second defibrillator to be kept at their building beside Wistlandpound Reservoir, providing coverage at this site too.

 

Since 1996 the BHF has placed more than 13,000 defibrillators around the UK by part-funding the devices in partnership with local councils, NHS trusts, community groups and local businesses.  To find out more about defibrillators and how you can have one placed in your organisation or community visit www.bhf.org.uk

 

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