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Generous donations mean Holyport will get two defibrillators

Generous donations mean two defibrillators will be installed in the village.

A crowdfunding page was started last month and has raised £3,600 for the cause.

Donations from villagers were added to by larger donations from The George Bairstow Charitable Trust and Heart Start.

The money means one will be installed at the Holyport War Memorial Hall and a second outside the doctors surgery in Stroud Farm Road.

There is enough to maintain both the machines for eight years as well as a bit extra, which will go towards a third one, possibly in Braywood.

The crowdfunding page was started by Caroline Burke, who runs the Jolly Gardener in Moneyrow Green after a campaign was started by fellow resident Martin Cox.

The defibrillators will be looked after by the parish council.

The amount was announced at Friday’s Carols on the Green when Maz Coppinger said: “Thank you everyone who contributed, the machines mean the difference between life and death in a rural area like ours.”

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  • Stephenghc

    15:03, 23 February 2018

    This is a fine intention. A similar box is installed on the side wall of Eton Town Council offices in the one-way Eton High Street. Likewise it features a keypad for entry and instructions to call 999 and state the box code - it is the post code. Just recently I was in correspondence with someone very much involved in the donation and fundraising for AED units and he told me that the very previous day completely by chance he had called in at every shop along the High Street and not a single one had any knowledge of the Eton AED or how to use it. Thus anyone hoping to assist a member of the public suffering a suspected cardiac arrest will hopefully have phoned 999 anyway and the usual car or ambulance based paramedic will bring their own AED. Otherwise they will have run back up the street to the local box and assuming they know the code to access it. My feeling is that it is wonderful and generous scheme but not fully thought through for the moment. The area NHS website below may be helpful on the subject of resuscitation. www.scas.nhs.uk/news/campaigns/savealife

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