Life-saving defib comes to Heald Green
BHF and [Cheadle Mosque] to give cardiac arrest victims
fighting chance of survival
Heald Green in Stockport is to become a community of lifesavers with its public access defibrillator (PAD) and CPR training kit from the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Cheadle Mosque on Wilmslow Road was successful in its application for the potentially lifesaving machine and also received the “Nation of Lifesavers Community Package” from the charity.
The Community Package contains the innovative kit which includes everything needed to learn CPR in half an hour. The Mosque is now planning to run training sessions led by local doctors for the whole community meaning everyone can become potential lifesavers. There will be a number of public sessions – information can be found at the www.cheadlemosque.org. Website, by contacting the Mosque office or through the local councillors.
The defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest. This is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and they lose conscious almost at once. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. So it’s really important that everyone knows both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.
Over 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK every year but currently less than one in ten survive. The BHF want to create a Nation of Lifesavers in a bid to boost these shocking survival rates.
The charity is campaigning for defibrillators to be made more accessible and recognisable to the public and want all young people to be taught CPR and PAD awareness at school. Since launching the campaign in 2014, at least 350,000 people have joined the Nation of Lifesavers by learning life saving CPR.
Amir Malik from Cheadle Mosque who originally came up with the idea of obtaining a PAD said “We are delighted that this lifesaving package has come to Heald Green. We want everyone to be able to access it as and when needed – so it’s fixed to the outside of the Mosque and is clearly signposted. We are now really keen to get as many people as possible trained in CPR too – our sessions are open to absolutely everyone”
Peter Burns, the lead councillor for the area said “Preservation of life is a basic human right and Cheadle Mosque is serving community needs. The great thing is that this defibrillator is for whole community use; I hope the training sessions in basic life support will be of real value to the whole community of Heald Green. I am hoping that this will be the first of a number of defibrillators in Heald Green.”
Judy O’Sullivan, Assistant Programme Director at the BHF, said: “More than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year but less than one in ten survive. More people could be saved if more defibrillators were available in public places and if more people felt confident using them and performing CPR. We are delighted that Cheadle Mosque has joined the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign – by making another defibrillator available in a Heald Green and teaching CPR locally. It could really be the difference between life and death. ”
To date the BHF have helped place over 13,000 life-saving defibrillators in communities around the UK. The BHF asks for a contribution of £400 towards each defibrillator as part of the Community Package. To find out more about defibrillators and how to place one in your organisation or community visit www.bhf.org.uk.
For more information on how you can help BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers visit bhf.org.uk/lifesavers
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Notes to editors:
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