Over the past few months there has been a number of calls for the installation of a 24 hours, fully accessible, community defibrillator for Whitwick.
A community defibrillator, or to give it its proper name an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), is a portable device that can save lives from those suffering from sudden cardiac events (in layman's terms Heart Attacks). Statistics show that in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest survival rates are about 5% if CPR alone is used, this raises to 50% with defibrillation.
The new Co-op in Whitwick Market Place have graciously agreed to allow a defibrillator cabinet to be sited outside their new store and all we need to do now is fundraise to pay for one!
I have agreed with members of Whitwick Parish Council to help lead the fundraising, we need to raise about £2,000 to pay for the first one although it would be great to continue and provide more defibrillators elsewhere in the village as funds allow.
We are still in the process of setting up a way of holding money securely whilst fundraising is ongoing, and of course we will have to think about how we go about securing donations from both individuals and companies!
In the meantime if you have any ideas how funds could be raised please don't hesitate to contact me.
County Councillor (Whitwick Division)