Grantham church and businesses unveil life-saving defibrillator
Church members and neighbouring businesses have come together to help fund an automated external
Following a recent First Aid course, members at ChristChurch, on Finkin Street, were concerned to discover that that the town centre did not have any defibrillators accessible to the public at all times.
Determined to help, they looked into how to obtain an automated external defibrillator, to be placed in their small car park in Finkin Street.
A spokesman at the church said: “Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of premature death, but with immediate treatment lives can be saved. ChristChurch saw this as a need it could seek to address with and on behalf of the whole community.”
After The British Heart Foundation agreed to provide a grant for part-funding, the members approached neighbouring businesses including Brown & Co, Bird & Co Solicitors, Charles Dyson Estate & Letting Agents and 3Cats accounts training services as well as the Grantham Muslim Community Association, to help fund the defibrillator.
They all gathered to see the defibrillator in place on Friday, followed by a training session on Monday on how to use it.
Raja Miah from the Grantham Muslim Community Association attended the training session on Monday.
He said: “It was very useful to be made aware of different causes of why someone may be unconscious and how to check if they are responsive. “We were then trained in using the defibrillator and how to do chest compressions.
“The defibrillator is a great lifesaving asset to the people of Grantham and I am privileged to have taken part in the training and support of this equipment.”
Kym Banks, the Grantham tutor for 3Cats, added: “It was very informative with a great mix of people. I left feeling confident that should the need ever arise, I could use the defibrillator. Isabelle is a great teacher who instantly put us all at ease.”
Tanwir Chowdhury added: “The training was beneficial. I am feeling confident that I can help people in need of this service.
“I believe such attempts of communities coming together is vital for a sustainable community.”
To book a place on the next training session, on Thursday, August 2, 1.30pm-3.30pm, contact 07758 762811.
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