Colsterworth & District Parish Council has taken the initiative through the “Community Heartbeat Trust” to install emergency defibrillators in their parishes.
The parish council launched a fund-raising appeal inviting parishioners and local business to contribute to the cost of the defibrillators. They also made an application to the “Mars in the Community programme” and were delighted when they received a generous donation of £1750 being the cost of one AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).
The first defibrillator was installed at the White Lion public house in Colsterworth last year by permission of proprietors Dave and Madeleine Smith.
The second has been installed at Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth in the old telephone box.
The third defibrillator will be installed at the village hall in North Witham later this year.
An AED is a portable defibrillator and when applied to the patient a sequence of voice commands and screen messages guide the user through the defibrillator process. It can be safely used by people with no medical background.
In the event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest an AED can make the difference between life and death. The defibrillator delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm allowing it to pump again. Rapid response using automated technology can significantly improve the quality of life of a survivor as the longer the brain is starved of oxygen the more damage that can occur.
Any community or business wishing to find out more information should access the “Community Heartbeat Trust” website: www.communityheartbeat.org.uk