'Thanks for funding lifesaving devices,' say Budleigh traders and businesses

PUBLISHED: 11:52 20 August 2017

One of the newly installed defibrillators at Budleigh Salterton.

One of the newly installed defibrillators at Budleigh Salterton.

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Traders and businesses who helped fund extra vital lifesaving equipment in Budleigh Salterton - increasing the number of public-use defibrillators to three - have thanked all who contributed.

Budleigh in Business and the town council jointly funded the community public access defibrillators, which allow members of the public to help resuscitate someone who has had a heart attack.

The new equipment, installed at either ends of Budleigh seafront, cost almost £4,000 to install and was made possible thanks to a number of grants and cash gifts. There is another all-access unit outside the Public Hall.

Helen Warren, chairman of Budleigh in Business who started the fundraising campaign in January, thanked the businesses, charities and individuals who backed the campaign and gave generously.

She said funds were received from the Norman Family Charitable Trust, the Fryer Trust, Lord Clinton’s Charitable Trust, Budleigh Salterton Lions Club, Budleigh Salterton Nursing Association and one family donation.

Budleigh Salterton Town Council funded any remaining costs and will be responsible for maintaining the equipment’s future upkeep.

The new equipment is in addition to an existing defibrillator, which has been relocated from inside the Public Hall to a cabinet outside, allowing total public access.

Mrs Warren also thanked Dr Fiona Ross, who flagged up that the town had no provision for public-access defibrillators. Thanks went also to the Community Heartbeat Trust, which recently provided two free awareness sessions.

Mrs Warren said: “I’m really pleased that we now have these community public access defibrillators. Moving the one in the Public Hall to the outside wall makes sense, as this end of town is also well used by people for recreation and events. The potential for saving life is dependent on time – the faster medical help can be attained, the better the chance of survival.

These defibrillators are designed for anyone to be able to use them, so it is possible to start CPR and use the equipment while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.”

Equipment costs were predicted to be £3,300, but rose by an extra £600 when relocating the existing unit was factored in.

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