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Truro's first public defibrillator to be housed at Hall for Cornwall
2:38pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
The Hall for Cornwall will soon house a defibrillator in its coffee shop thanks to the generosity of Truro Lions Club.
The first public access defibrillator (PAD) to be located in the city, it has been bought with £900 donated by the Lions Club, with Hall for Cornwall making up the remainder of the cost with a contribution of £400.
The device, a Heartsine Samaritan PAD 500P, will be fully automated and talk the first responder through the entire process, step by step, meaning it could be used by anyone – even those with no first aid training.
Truro Lions Club has recently launched its own Heart Defibrillator Appeal after forging a partnership with another local charity, the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity, to introduce defibrillators to Truro.
Across the UK 2,000 people die each week after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest – with the chance of survival at just five per cent if the victim is given CPR alone. For every minute a defibrillator “shock” is delayed, the chance of surviving is reduced by ten per cent.
Simon Crick, head of operations at Hall for Cornwall, said: “The Truro Lions Club has done a fantastic job raising funds for such an important cause and we are proud to house Truro’s first public access defibrillator. With Hall for Cornwall being located in the heart of Truro and many people passing though the building every day, we hope it will prove to be a good site for this life-saving device.
“Of course we hope it will never be needed – but just like a fire extinguisher it’s good to know where it is just in case. It’s very important to let people know it’s here.’’
Keith Wellington, president of Truro Lions Club, said: “We are committed to raising awareness and funds to achieve in our first year a minimum of five PADs, in an area devoid of these life saving devises. We welcome online donations at www.btplc/mydonate”
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