Accrington is to become a community of life savers after it has been fitted with a public access defibrillator (PAD) and has been awarded a CPR training kit by British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Accrington Stanley Community Trust contributed £1250 to part-fund the potentially life-saving machine and received the CPR training kit following their successful application for a Nation of Lifesavers Community Package from the charity.
The Community Package includes the innovative “watch and learn” Call Push Rescue training kit which has everything needed to learn CPR and defibrillator awareness in half an hour. Accrington Stanley Community Trust will soon be running training sessions in the local community meaning everyone can become potential life savers. A training schedule will be announced shortly after the Stanley Sports Hub building opens in March 2020.
The defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by anyone 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 consciousness almost at once. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. Therefore, it’s really important the people of Accrington know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency. Defibrillators are really easy to use, they talk to you so that you don’t need training to use one and will only deliver a shock if one is needed.
Martin Fearon, CEO at Accrington Stanley Community Trust said:
“We have contributed a sum of money to help fund this live saving package. We want to get as many people as possible trained in CPR and defibrillator awareness over the coming years. The defibrillator will be placed at the entrance to our new 3G pitch on Thorneyholme Road, meaning that people in our local community have the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest. We also have a large volume of people visiting our new Stanley Sports Hub facility, as well as over 1000 people per week using the new pitch, therefore we wanted to ensure we go the extra mile by providing this lifesaving piece of equipment for our community.”
Sarah Forsey, Survival Manager at the British Heart Foundation, 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 people felt confident performing CPR and using a public access defibrillator. We are delighted that Accrington Stanley Community Trust have joined BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers – by making another public access defibrillator available in Accrington and teaching CPR locally. It could really make the difference between life and death.”
To date BHF have helped place thousands of live saving defibrillators in communities around the UK. BHF asks for a minimum contribution of £600 towards each defibrillator as part of the Community Package.
For more information on CPR, defibrillators and out of hospital cardiac arrest, or how you can help BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers, visit www.bhf.org.uk/lifesavers