Public access defibrillators are becoming increasingly common, but it is crucial that we aim towards making them readily available in every community throughout the UK in order to save more lives.
By providing a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall, a defibrillator can save the life of someone who is in cardiac arrest. However, with the heart staying in the right condition for successful defibrillation for just a few minutes, ambulances are often faced with the huge challenge of reaching communities in time to save that life.
Public access defibrillators provide the essential and quick attention needed to save a life, and with prices starting from around £900, it comes as no surprise that communities are turning to the Crowd to fund their local AED (automated external defibrillator).
As part of an innovative, match-funding programme, Crowdfunder.co.uk has been working with Cornwall Council to offer the Community Chest Fund, intending to support small-scale community projects. The initiative is the first of its type in the UK and provides the opportunity for individual Councillors to match-fund projects with a clear and demonstrable benefit to the local community, within their particular electoral division. Local Councillor, Adam Paynter (Launceston North) has now made his second pledge, this time on Truscott Defibrillator, which will contribute towards the funds needed to supply the hamlet of Truscott with a community defibrillator and cabinet.
Take a look at other communities that have crowdfunded for a public access defibrillator…
£210 raised from the Crowd
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£1,510 raised from the Crowd
£3,117 raised from the Crowd
£2,104 raised from the Crowd