THE Cornishman's Heart Start campaign has seen a bumper week for interest and orders for lifesaving equipment.
Working alongside the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC), this newspaper is aiming to get 100 public access defibrillators (PADs) installed around Cornwall and train 500 people to use them.
Six more deals for equipment are in the process of being sealed, with two on order.
Penpol Primary School, Hayle and the Hall For Cornwall in Truro will be the latest sites to benefit from the equipment, which can help save the life of someone with Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) – a condition that claims 2,000 lives weekly in the UK.
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RRMC founder Paul Williams said: "Shockingly, five of those will be children in our schools. The message is getting across how the equipment is vitally needed to greatly improve on the less than 5 per cent out-of-hospital survival rates of SCA."
Last year Cornwall did not have a single PAD but there are now 50 installed at schools, sports clubs, shops and other locations. All are available for access by any member of the public and can be used with or without training as the device "talks" the user through the process and will not deliver a shock if it is not needed.
The South Western Ambulance Service Trust, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, schools, town and parish councils, Rotary and Lions Clubs and individual donors have all contributed to the success of the Cornwall programme.
As well as money, lots are now being invited for a fundraising specialist auction. To find out more, donate or learn how to obtain a defibrillator for your area call Mr Williams on 01736 360864 or 07581 188043 or e-mail paulwilliams29@ live.co.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org