A campaign to install external defibrillators at locations across Eastbourne is on course to put everyone in the town within three minutes of the lifesaving equipment.
The Eastbourne Defibrillator Partnership launched the campaign and is chaired by Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Eastbourne Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Development.
The Partnership includes South East Coast Ambulance Services, Eastbourne’s Community First Responders, Eastbourne Borough Council, Eastbourne Lions Club, the Eastbourne Herald and electrical contractor GM Monk.
Some of the defibrillator units are funded through the devolved budgets that local councillors in Eastbourne use to support good causes in their communities but many have come from other sources.
Councillor Shuttleworth said: “Our Eastbourne Heart Beat Campaign is gaining momentum all the time. With every defibrillator that is installed more and more lives will be saved in the future.
“I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude and thanks to GM Monk electrical contractors for agreeing to install the machines free of charge, and to everyone in the Defibrillator Partnership who is supporting this campaign.”
According to the British Heart Foundation there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests a year in the UK, but only one in ten victims survive to be discharged from hospital. However, using a defibrillator within minutes of someone suffering a cardiac arrest can increase their survival chances from 6% to 74%.
Steve Monk, Director at GM Monk, said: “We work with the council on a variety of schemes around the town. When I heard about the plan to house defibrillators around Eastbourne, I was very keen to get involved. My father Gerry had a heart-attack and died 25 years ago in the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne. A defibrillator might have saved his life. I am delighted to support this project and I am sure it will make a difference.”
The list of sites that have received, or are planned to receive, a defibrillator includes Archery Youth Centre, Langney Village Hall, Bridgemere Community Centre, Shinewater Sports Centre, Hampden Park Library, Sutherland Court in The Hydneye, Willingdon Trees Community Centre, Gildredge Park, Community Wise in Old Town, Green Street Medical Centre and Eastbourne Allotment & Garden Society in Gorringe Road. Other sites are being supported by other organisations.
Published February 9, 2018