Bid to provide new public defibrillators for Budleigh

PUBLISHED: 12:30 21 January 2017

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Budleigh Salterton traders are looking for someone to sponsor one of two new proposed life-saving devices in the town.

Helen Warren, chairman of Budleigh in Business, is launching a campaign to get two defibrillators fitted on the town’s seafront.

The devices, which will allow members of the public to help resuscitate someone who has a heart attack, could be placed at either end of the seafront. The combined cost would be £3,300.

Mrs Warren said Budleigh in Business would be looking into applying for grants for one of the devices, but was urging people to come forward to sponsor a second device.

She said: “Budleigh currently has no public-access defibrillators in the town.

“It could be essential for Budleigh - particularly as we have an elderly population. With the defibrillator, it is a question of timing – the quickness with which we can get to someone will make all the difference.”

It has been suggested that the two life-saving devices could be placed at the top of Steamer Steps and near the Lime Kiln car park.

They would be provided by defibrillator charity Community Heartbeat Trust, costing £1,650 each.

Mrs Warren has also suggested the instalment of defibrillators could be something which the Budleigh Salterton Chamber of Commerce could also get involved in.

Chamber of commerce chairman Christine Bentley said: “It is a good idea, but you would hope we will never need them.

“Doctors from the health centre have always reacted very quickly to any emergency in town - but, of course, they are not there ‘out of hours’.”

There is currently a defibrillator at the Public Hall, Station Road, which is for the use of people or groups using the venue.

Budleigh GP Dr Fiona Ross is planning to speak to town councillors at a meeting on Monday (January 23) in an attempt to get more funding for the defibrillator project.

Town mayor Chris Kitson said: “We have been talking to Helen for several months about this. It is certainly something the town council would consider supporting, but that does depend on the cost and who else was funding it.

“There is certainly scope for one down the seafront and in the town centre.”

Anyone who wants to sponsor a defibrillator in Budleigh can email helen.warren@budleighinbusiness.org.uk


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