Four life-saving devices for Essex community
Date: 21 September 2017
Four life-saving devices have landed in Canvey Island today (20th September) thanks to generous community sponsors.
The community first responder (CFR) team from Canvey Island, Essex, marked the milestone with an official launch of the devices at an event that saw each defibrillator delivered to their new sites.
CFR group coordinator Mike Allwood ensured each defibrillator was safely delivered and was joined by representatives from the CFR group, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and the local council, as well as sponsors and fundraisers.
The new defibrillators are now in cabinets on the sides of Wilson and Wood Properties in Furtherwick Road, GMD store in High Street, Design for Print on the Charfleets industrial estate and the Nisa store in Jones Corner and can be used immediately. If a member of the public makes an emergency 999 call where a defibrillator is potentially required, they will be given instructions by the call handler on how to retrieve and use it.
Mike Allwood said: “Thank you to every one of our supporters for making it possible for us to place these life-saving devices in the community.
“Someone once told me that to be a good leader you must surround yourself with a good team, and I feel that is what we have her at Canvey. We are very thankful for a supportive family in green in EEAST, and most importantly for the Canvey Island Community for truly getting behind the team and making the success of this defibrillator programme.”
The CFR team operates on a purely voluntary basis, and each of the four defibrillators, as well as their cabinets, were paid for thanks to contributions from the community, including Sainsbury’s, GMD stores, Canvey University of the First Age, the Community Initiative Fund, Cast and Crew Amateur Dramatics Group, Castle Point Ladies Dining Club, U3A Thameside Club, Smallgains Social Club, The Rotary Club, and the Canvey Island Carnival and the family of the late Alan Dunbridge.
There is already funding available for an additional three defibrillator on the Island, with arrangements currently being made for where they will go.
Four locally funded community defibrillators are now in place at their new locations in Canvey Island.