New defibrillator 'goes live' in Saltford thanks to fundraisers

Published on: 06 Sep 2014

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The hundreds of people who ran, jogged or walked around Saltford last year in the village’s Santa Dash can now see one of the ways the cash they raised will benefit their community.

A new defibrillator – an emergency device used in the event of cardiac arrest – has been installed on the wall at the front of Saltford Hall, close to Saltford Sports Club where those using the hall and sports facilities will have easy access.

It has been the wish of Dave and June Boulton to see one of the potentially life-saving devices installed at the site following the loss of their 17-year-old son Jack, who suffered a cardiac arrest in 2009 while playing football.

Some of the £13,700 raised from last year’s Santa Dash has been used to purchase the defibrillator and to cover its maintenance for the next four years, while the remainder has been handed to the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Saltford Community Association, which runs the hall, has agreed to take on guardianship of the device and its ongoing maintenance costs after four years.

A spokesperson for the fundraisers said: “There is often concern in utilising the equipment... ‘Can I do more harm than good?’ The short answer is: ‘No!’
“The initial action is call 999, the defibrillator cabinet will be opened remotely and at all times a trained operator will stay on the phone instructing and supporting you until the paramedics arrive.

“Those first minutes are vital minutes – please do not let fear stop you taking action.”

The Saltford Santa Dash is returning in 2014 on Sunday, December 7, raising money for Clic Sargent and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

For more information and to sign up, visit www.saltfordsanta dash.webs.com.

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