Lifesaving kit for Lostwithiel is PCSO's aim
AN APPEAL has been launched to raise thousands of pounds for three defibrillators in Lostwithiel, which could help save dozens of lives each year.
Lostwithiel currently has no public access defibrillators (PAD) – something which the town's PCSO Natalie Phillips said she found alarming.
If someone suffers a cardiac arrest a defibrillator provides an electrical shock to the heart which allows a normal rhythm to resume.
Nationally, 2,000 people die every year as a result of sudden cardiac arrest, making it one of the UK's biggest killers.
Buy one get one free on main course and specials excludes fillet steaks and beef wellingtons
Must book to qualify and present voucher on arrival 01209860332
Contact: 01209 700617
Valid until: Wednesday, December 11 2013
PCSO Phillips said she became aware of the problem while patrolling on Easter Sunday, when she spotted a man who had collapsed.
"A colleague and I immediately commenced CPR and carried on with this working alongside paramedics until the air ambulance landed," she said.
"We managed to get a pulse back but unfortunately the gent later died in hospital.
"Thinking it over that evening, I remembered an officer on the radio telling us to find the nearest defibrillator.
"I had no idea where this was or even if there was one in the area.
"I started researching community defibs and their locations and was shocked to see there weren't any in this area, bar the doctors' surgery."
PCSO Phillips began working with Paul Williams, from the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity, to address the problem.
Mr Williams founded the charity after his brother-in-law Ronnie Richards died from a heart attack in 2008 while playing football.
His aim is to get 100 public access defibrillators across the county this year.
"Due to his determination and passion to get PADs into communities Paul has managed to strike up some great deals with suppliers," PCSO Phillips said.
"The charity uses the Heartsine Sam 500p which is the leading defib, used around the world including the White House."
The Co-operative in Lostwithiel has already agreed to have one installed outside its premises and Ms Phillips says she is hopeful of getting two more installed, at the community centre and the golf club.
They cost around £1,400 each and Ms Phillips is asking anyone interested in donating to get in touch with her at St Blazey Police Station.
Cheques should be made payable to 'PCC for Devon and Cornwall' and the project number '1 OZ' should be written on the back.