Do you know where your local defibrillator is located? Linkinhorne Parish is fortunate to have two, one located at Rilla Mill Village Hall and a new one located at the Cheesewring Hotel in Minions. Money is also being raised to locate one a Linkinhorne Parish Hall, Upton Cross. Other locations can be found at the http://www.heartsafe.org.uk/AED-Locations.
Defibrillator for Minions
We moved to Minions in 2015 like many other villages in Cornwall it is very remote and despite this it still receives hundreds of visitors every year enjoying the beautiful scenery. I began fundraising for a public access defibrillator, which has now been installed outside of the Cheesewring pub.
Every day 250 people in the UK suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, of these only 12 will survive. These are not just old and unfit people, the young and fit are just as at risk. The chance of survival depends on how quickly bystanders act. The only effective treatment for cardiac arrest is defibrillation, however it is vital that CPR is started as soon as possible after dialling 999. For every minute that passes with nobody doing anything, the chances of survival drop by 10%, by the time a paramedic arrives; they are fighting the odds, especially in a rural county like Cornwall. Unfortunately, many times when paramedics arrive it is too late to save the person; they have died because bystanders have not started CPR.
The defibrillator was funded through donations from local people and a substantial donation from the Liskeard and Looe Rotary Club. There is an annual monitoring fee, which has been funded by the parish council covering the monitoring of the cabinet and the replacement of any PADís if the defibrillator has been used. As part of purchasing the cabinet and the defibrillator from the charity Duchy Defibrillators, they are going to hold a free CPR and defibrillator-training event in the near future.
Thank you to everyone who has helped in the installation of this lifesaving piece of equipment. I hope none of us ever have to use it but in the event of an emergency its good to know its there.
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