We now have a Zoil AED Plus Defibrillator installed at the Village Hall which is easily accessible 12 hours a day.

Sudden cardiac arrest claims around 150,000-200,000 lives each year in the United Kingdom, with survival rates being around 5% – 10% outside of a hospital setting.

If a person’s heart has stopped due to an accident or heart attached and is in a rhythm called ventricular fibrillation, the only way to get the heart into a more regular sustaining beat is to pass an electrical charge through the heart muscle.

The first three to four minutes are the most vital for the collapsed person and, if Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and a Defibrillator are available, then the chance of survival will increase considerably.