23rd Oct, 2018

Droitwich defib campaigners thank residents for their support last year and look towards 2018

Lorna Morris 11th Jan, 2018

A DROITWICH charity which helps provide much-needed defibrillators across the town has thanked the community for all their help last year.

Since forming one year ago, Droitwich AED (Automated External Defibrillators) has provided 15 24/7 Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) in the town in a bid to save more lives.

With an initial aim to locate CPADs half a mile apart in the town, the charity has already reached the halfway point of its 30 target.

After becoming a registered charity in March, the group of volunteers also run free Basic Life Support courses (BLS) on the first Friday of each month for people who want to learn CPR and how to use a defibrillator.

The charity is also hoping to site new CPADs at such locations as the Salvation Army in St Andrew’s Square and thanks to a donation of £2,000 before Christmas from Tesco Bags of Help Scheme, Tesco Express on Primsland Drive.

Peter Richards, the chair of trustees at Droitwich AED, said: “A year ago we didn’t have any CPADs in Droitwich, we now have 15 and counting.

“As we look forward to 2018, I would like to thank everyone for their help in what we have achieved.

“We have come a long way in 12 months and are hoping to do the same for this year.”

Droitwich AED will find out on January 16 whether they have been successful in their application for £5,000 in Aviva Community Funding.

To find out where the nearest Defibrillator is to you, download the free ‘Crowdsav’ app and tap ‘Locate AED’.

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