Online appeal funds vital defibrillator for Lyde Green
A CAMPAIGN has successfully raised funds for Lyde Green to have its own life-saving defibrillator.
The appeal was launched by resident Carrie Plummer, who works for a law firm and has lived in the development with her partner and two children since August 2018.
In December she decided to post on the Lyde Green Local Facebook group to ask residents if they knew where their nearest defibrillator is located, which according to the Heart Safe website is in Argos in Emersons Green.
She also wanted to gauge interest in fundraising for an external automated external defibrillator (AED) cabinet for the development, at a cost of around £995 + VAT, which could increase survival rates of CPR only from 7% to around 70%.
After receiving positive comments, Carrie set up a Just Giving page, and by February 1 the fundraising target of £1,500 had been achieved through 89 donations.
Carrie said: “I worked for the NHS front line many years ago in cardiac theatre, and I also have experience of heart difficulties within my family.
“As a new community we don’t even have a GP, and I know the difference that an AED can make in the event of a cardiac arrest is massive. It just feels like there isn’t enough infrastructure in Lyde Green at the moment. I’ve recently had AED training at work, and the AED that we have has been used by members of public, and I also know that one in Clifton has been used 19 times by the public too.
“As well as donations from Lyde Green Local members and local residents, we also received donations from businesses that are local to the development too, including £200 from ALD, £200 from The Skin Confidence Clinic which is run by a lady from Lyde Green and £186 from Eco Fix UK, who also offered to help with the installation. Chasers Nightclub in Kingswood also contacted me out of the blue on Facebook to ask if we would like them to do some fundraising for us, and through hosting buckets for spare change on two Saturday nights they managed to raise £207. The fact that these donations have been made from people who probably don’t live in Lyde Green and were enjoying a night out is amazing.
“We raised £1580 in total on the Just Giving page, plus the cash donation from Chasers. All of the residents who have contributed have been brilliant, and all of the businesses donated without requesting any publicity – having their support has been absolutely incredible.”
As well as the fundraising, Carrie approached Sainsbury’s Local in the development, who have agreed to host it, including paying for the installation within the next month or so.
Once it has arrived and been installed it will be registered on the 999 network, and members of the public who need to use it will be given a code to open up the cabinet.
Carrie said that any money left over after the AED has been purchased will go towards its ongoing maintenance, as pads can only be used once and new pads can cost up to £35, and the battery will need to be replaced around every five years or so at a cost of £100. It will also be likely that the community’s support will be needed to keep the AED operating effectively.
To find out more about the fundraising, visit bit.ly/37w08OB online.