Community Defibrillator Project

Providing potential life-saving AEDs across Washington

Information about the project

July 2020Our ongoing Community Public Access Defibrillator project was brought to a temporary halt due to the arrival of Covid-19. Thanks to the support of Gentoo we have now had two AED cabinets fitted - one outside the Blackfell Store and Post Office, and the other outside the Donwell House Care Home. Thank you to both venues for agreeing to locate these at their respective premises and for appointing 'guardians' to look after them. The potentially life-saving defibrillators have just been placed in their locked cabinets and are now operational. In the event of an emergency, the access code is provided by the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. Whilst no training is actually required, when the circumstances allow we will be liaising with the NEAS to arrange local sessions to familiarise community members in their use and how to deliver CPR. We appreciate the backing that Councillors in the Washington West Ward have given us and for the funding from the Sunderland City Council - Washington Area Committee. 

September 2020
Community public access defibrillator installed at the Stella Maris in Albany. Kindly fitted by Gentoo

December 2020

A cPAD was installed outside the Building Blocks Day Centre in Concord. Kindly fitted by local electrician - Len Cole.

January 2021

A secure cabinet provided for an existing defibrillator at The Washington Cricket Club in Rickleton. Again, thanks to Len Cole for completing the installation

March 2021

Another community public access defibrillator was installed today in Washington. Kimberley Cheetham is manager of The Cross Keys in Washington Village and she is always looking at ways in which she can support the local community. During a discussion with staff about what they could raise funds for it was suggested that a public access defibrillator would be an excellent cause. 

Kimberley set up an online fundraiser with ‘GoFundMe’ and had also collected donations during a ‘Santa’s Workshop’ event in December.   Kimberley is now a member of Rotary Washington and she has been working with our own member Phil Hopps to see the project through. Both Rotary Washington Forge and Rotary Washington made contributions to support the appeal along with local businesses, groups and individuals resulting in the required funds being raised in little more than one week!   

Thanks go to Lee and J.W. Fazey Electrical Contractors for installing the cabinet.   

This potentially life-saving equipment is now available to the local community and to visitors to this popular village green area. #teamwork #PeopleOfAction WEL Medical Limited

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'Food for Christmas' Appeal 2017

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more Our second Swimathon was held at the 'Everyone Active' Washington Leisure Centre.

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District Governor Stewart Atkin presents Freda with her Paul Harris Fellow Award

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more Freda Brennan is presented with a 'Paul Harris Fellow' Award for her dedicated support to young people in the Community

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more A stage production telling a story of families living during The Blitz in WW2

National 'Know Your Blood Pressure' Day 2018

more In support of the work of the Stroke Association we offered free blood pressure checks in The Galleries, Washington.

Litter Pick in Princess Anne Park

more Working together with other community groups

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