A building society has paid for four life-saving pieces of equipment which have been put in three towns where they have branches. Leek United Building Society, partnered with AEDdonate, has installed four Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for public use across the local communities in which they operate.
A building society has paid for four life-saving pieces of equipment which have been put in three towns where they have branches.
Leek United Building Society, partnered with AEDdonate, has installed four Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for public use across the local communities in which they operate.
In addition to a unit at Leek Bowling Club, four potentially life-saving AEDs have now been installed by the financial institution, at each of the following locations: Brough Park in Leek;
Congleton Cricket Club; Renew Church in Uttoxeter, and at the side of Leek United Building Society’s head office in St Edward Street in Leek.
A spokesman for Leek United said: “Working with AEDdonate, our defibrillator programme is designed to offer potentially life-saving support to local communities, should the unthinkable happen.
“And as they are located on external walls at each of these locations, they are accessible to the public 24 hours a day.”
They added: “As a mutual, member owned organisation, Leek United Building Society has a clear sense of community purpose and social responsibility and decided to take action following the high-profile collapse of Christian Eriksen during the Euro 2020 Semi-Final.
“The reality is that sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time.
“According to the British Heart Foundation, there are around 7.6 million people living in the UK today with heart and circulatory diseases, resulting in more than 160,000 deaths each year.
“To put that into perspective, that’s equivalent to one death in the UK every three minutes.”
Chief Executive at Leek United Building Society, Andrew Healy, said: “As a mutual building society, we take very seriously our responsibility to make a positive difference to the lives of our members and the local community.
“Defibrillators save lives and when we look at the high prevalence of heart and circulatory diseases, getting more of them out there so they’re close to hand has to be a priority.
“Working in partnership with AEDdonate, we’re doing just that. Even if we give just one person a greater chance of survival following a cardiac arrest, the investment will be worthwhile.”
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