In Stoke Gifford the scouts from the Old School Rooms have finally completed their fundraising project to provide the community of Stoke Gifford with a 24 hour defibrillator. The idea came after a first aid session back in June 2016 where the scouts learnt how to use a fully automatic defibrillator unit.
They haven't made this happen all by themselves although there has been a lot of money collected in various forms. We do need to thank The Big Lottery, Merlin Homes, St. Michaels CE VC School PTFA, The Leslie Sell Charity Trust and Aviva for all helping to make this happen ahead of projection. Also a big thank you to Simon, Ian and the trustees of OSR for allowing the box to be placed on their building and paying for the electricity to keep the unit heated.
The defibrillator has been provided by The Community Heartbeat Trust Charity who will provide maintenance for the unit, batteries and replacement pads as and when necessary.
This bright yellow circular box has been fixed to the wall of the Old School Rooms next to the original entrance on North Road by John and Matt from M.G. Electric Solutions. The code to the locked box is available from South West Ambulance Service by ringing 999 or 112 when a resident is suffering from a suspected cardiac arrest. This life saving piece of medical equipment will be an asset to Stoke Gifford and the scout troop are proud to have helped to make this happen.
There will be a session at the OSR for members of the community to be shown how to use the defib on Thursday 20th April 2017 at 1pm, there is room for 50 people bookable at the OSR office please use firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The unit is the top of the range and not only does it talk the user through the process but it also has a display screen to assist in the event of an emergency.
Thank you to the community of Stoke Gifford for your generosity.