Appeal for new defibrillator

A defibrillator
A defibrillator

A Brighouse charity is raising funds to purchase at least one defibrillator which would be installed in the town centre.

The Heartbeat charity is fundraising on Saturday, August 6 to buy an AED (automated external defibrillator), which would be sited in Brighouse town centre for use by the general public.

It would be the only one in the shopping area available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Staff from Heartbeat will be based outside Wilkinsons from 10am to 4pm on the day.

Valerie Turner, vice chair of Heartbeat, said: “We will have information on why AED’s available 24/7 to the general public are very important.

“Information will also be available on our charity.

“We will also have a grand prize tombola with prizes donated by local businesses and members of Heartbeat.

“Every hour two Heartbeat members will be taking part in a sponsored walk around the town centre.

“We are delighted that Emma Scott, community defibrillation officer for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, will be on hand to answer questions.”

Lillian Lord, a Heartbeat trustee, has visited 100 businesses in the town centre.

She has presented data on what Heartbeat is trying to achieve and why.

The local businesses have been asked if they could have an AED located on their building, whether any of their staff are willing to be trained for free in CPR and use of the AED’s plus could they support the fund.

Heartbeat has had support from M&Co, Arrow Coach Travel, Yorkshire Building Society, Wilkinsons, SimPrint and The Cake Maker Shop.

Lillian Lord said: “We are extremely grateful for their generosity and hope more businesses will support us in this endeavour.”

Heartbeat have already raised over £1,500 towards the cost of £2,000 for one AED.

The costs include the AED, a locked cabinet, installation and training of 12 people.

Val Turner said: “When a person has a cardiac arrest every minute is vital. We believe this equipment should be in every shopping area.”