A Rotary Club gives Defibrillators!

The Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge have made a phenomenal achievement by installing their fifths Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs) in less than twelve months making Sowerby Bridge a "Heart Safe Town" according to Yorkshire Ambulance Service Communi

The Club have raised over £9.000 since starting their Defibrillator project in November 2014 with their Tree of Lights/Defibrillator appeal, the money raised has been through public donations , local organisations, businesses and grants from Rotary District 1040, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council and Asda.

Three of the defibrillators are located on the main thoroughfare of Sowerby Bridge, another in
Ripponden with the fifth to be fitted at Sowerby Bridge Railway station.  We are trying to raise more funds to fit another defibrillator in Sowerby Bridge so that we have coverage at both ends of the town.

The AEDs we have fitted are easy to use, compact, portable and very effective.  They are designed to be used by laypersons; the machine guides the operator through the process by verbal instruction and visual prompts.  They are safe and will not shock unless the machine detects that it is necessary to do so.

Throughout the project we have worked alongside YAS who provide a free familiarisation session to the general public once the defibrillator is installed in its cabinet.  The cabinets have a keypad code which is provided by the Ambulance Service should the need arise.  Our next “Familiarisation session” is to be held on Wednesday 4th November 2015 1745 hours at The Works, Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2QC,  members of the public welcome

Community Defibrillation Officer John Spikings states that the Rotary club of Sowerby Bridge have made a phenomenal achievement in placing five Defibrillators in the community making Sowerby Bridge a “Heart Safe Town”

Rotarian Hazel Brindle states that when we first started the project, we had concerns about raising sufficient funds for one defibrillator let alone five. But our local community took the project under their wing and have been so generous and supportive.  As a Rotary Club we are proud that we have been able to contribute so much to our local community making it a safer place to live and visit,  it is our legacy to the town.

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