Community buys fifth defibrillator thanks to donation

Date: Thursday 03 December 2015

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We were delighted to lend our support to a community project aimed at saving lives in Norton Canes, Staffordshire.

Norton Canes Parish Council, which has already installed four Public Access Defibrillators across the village, is now purchasing a fifth device which is being put up outside the Yew Tree pub, thanks to a generous donation from our Midlands team.

Public Access Defibrillators can be used by members of the public to treat someone who has had a heart attack. They deliver an electrical current through the chest to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm.

The campaign to install defibrillators in Norton Canes was initially proposed by paramedic and former village resident Paul Dadge.

Parish councillor Zaphne Stretton, who has been involved with the project since the start, says: “When we first launched the scheme it seemed like an impossible feat to raise enough money for one defibrillator, let alone five, but we have had tremendous support from Paul, the British Heart Foundation, members of the public and now Taylor Wimpey.”

On the advice of the ambulance service, the defibrillators have been installed in various locations across the parish: at the community centre, the chapel, the Railway Tavern pub, the One-Stop Shop in Norton East and now the Yew Tree.

They are located outside, in cabinets funded by the parish council, the British Heart Foundation and other local fund raising groups, to ensure they are accessible to all members of the public 24 hours a day.

Councillor Stretton adds: “We have certain people in the community who have had training in using the defibrillators, and we are going to request some more training for anyone who may have missed out, but they are designed with clear instructions so they can be used by anyone.

“The support we have had for this venture has been absolutely wonderful – I think everyone knows of someone who has had a heart attack, so it’s a cause which touches us all to some degree.

“My father died of a heart attack when he was quite young, but nowadays they can do so much more for people. We know now that time is critical in helping to save lives – which is why we have tried to cover each of the different areas of the village so there is a defibrillator just a few minutes away, wherever you are.”

Anne Wallace, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, says: “We are delighted to be supporting Norton Canes Parish Council with this incredibly worthwhile project to install Public Access Defibrillators across the village.

“As a local housebuilder we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes, and this is an excellent example of how we can help.”

Our Chasewater Grange development in Norton Canes currently offers a choice of three and four-bedroom homes.