A Moorlands manufacturing company has donated money to install an automated external defibrillator (AED) at a hairdressers. The life-saving piece of equipment has been installed at The Salon on Westwood Road in Leek not far from Westwood Road Recreation Ground.
A Moorlands manufacturing company has donated money to install an automated external defibrillator (AED) at a hairdressers.
The life-saving piece of equipment has been installed at The Salon on Westwood Road in Leek not far from Westwood Road Recreation Ground.
Cheddleton-based manufacturer of flooring adhesives and floor preparation products F Ball and Co Ltd fully funded the AED and its ongoing maintenance.
Each year in Britain around 30,000 people are struck by sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital environments. With a one in ten chance of survival at least 27,000 will die because they are not given CPR or have a defibrillator used on them.
Andrew Beasley, Finance Director for the F Ball and Co Ltd, said: “As a family-owned business, we like to support local good causes and we felt that donating the money to pay for a defibrillator was an excellent way to give something back which could potentially benefit everyone in the community, especially as a cardiac arrest can happen to anyone.
“We were approached by Gail Carter, a staff member, to see if we could support this brilliant initiative to extend defibrillator coverage across the Leek and Cheddleton area and were only too pleased to get involved.”
Leek resident, Dave Swarbrook, who has co-ordinated a number of AED installations following the death of a close friend in 2020, said: “This is fantastic news for Leek, the AED will cover an area close to many homes, local shops and also the Westwood Road Recreation Ground.
“We are grateful to Gail, Andrew and the team at F Ball and Co Ltd for their generous donation.
“Thanks also to Pip Nadin for her help and permission to install it at her premises.
“There can never be enough defibrillators and having this here gives extra protection to local residents, shoppers, school children and visitors.”
The defibrillator was supplied and installed by charity AEDdonate who manage the fundraising campaign with a dedicated fundraising page. They then look after the installation, registration with the ambulance service, and regular maintenance of the defibrillator.
Jamie Richards, CEO of AEDdonate said: “In the UK, over 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are treated by emergency medical services every year.
“Approximately one in ten people will survive this event. The survival rate decreases minute by minute after sudden cardiac arrest, if a defibrillator is applied within three minutes, there is a 70 percent chance of survival. To improve this, defibrillators must be easily accessible throughout the country.
“Defibrillators are extremely easy to use, and they provide step-by-step instructions in either verbal or visual form. They can be operated by anyone, with no prior training required.”
To find out more about fundraising for a defibrillator through AEDdonate email: firstname.lastname@example.org call 01785 472224 or visit: https://www.aeddonate.org.uk
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