Pioneering new fund sees Cornwall Councillor back public access defibrillator in Launceston

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, has been working with Cornwall Council to offer the Community Chest Fundintending 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…

Truscott Defibrillator

£210 raised from the Crowd
£290 match fund pledge from Adam Paynter, Launceston North
Crowdfunded to… supply the hamlet of Truscott in St Stephen with a community defibrillator and cabinet.

Defibrillator for Peat Rigg Outdoor Centre

£961 raised from the Crowd
Crowdfunded to… provide a defibrillator at their busy Outdoor Centre in the North York Moors.

Defibrillator for Junior Parkrun at Colliers Moss

£1,510 raised from the Crowd
Crowdfunded to… fit a defibrillator on site at Colliers Moss.

Defibrillator for Little Miracles

£3,117 raised from the Crowd
Crowdfunded to… fit a defibrillator at the Little Miracles Centre as their local defibrillator was just too far away to be effective.

Dawlish United FC Defibrillator

£2,104 raised from the Crowd
£250 raised from Devon FA
Crowdfunded to… purchase a fully automatic defibrillator to be based at their home ground.

Ready to start crowdfunding for your local defibrillator? Click here!
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