Where is your nearest defibrillator?
Could you help save a life in Cuckfield?
With 2017 now well underway, many of us will have made (and broken!) a range of New Year resolutions.
However, here’s one way you can still make a really positive start to the New Year – by making one very simple resolution which could potentially save a life.
We’d like to encourage everyone living and working in the village to familiarise themselves with the sites of the lifesaving defibrillator machines and learn how to use them.
Cuckfield village has five machines – on the High Street outside Mansell McTaggart Estate Agents, inside the Queen’s Hall, at Whitemans Green and one in both schools – Holy Trinity and Warden Park.
There are also two machines in Bolnore Village – at The Woodside and at the Primary School, both of which are publicly accessible.
Several of the machines have been provided by the Sussex Heart Charity and have been bought following fundraising efforts from residents, such as Team Hagan, and the Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride, and local businesses and groups including the Lions Club. The Friends of Bolnore Village Primary School raised the money to pay for their school unit with the help of some of the mums!
All of the machines are portable and contain full instructions, but why not give yourself a head start with an online tutorial?
Cuckfield resident Wendy Tracey-Roberts-Macrae needed to make use of the Whitemans Green machine when her neighbour collapsed. Unfortunately nobody on the scene knew where to locate this, so Wendy now strongly recommends we all get to know where our machines are and to have a go at the Lifesaver app, which is British and free to download onto an iPad or any smart phone. The app is also recommended by the resuscitation council. “Anyone, regardless of age or ability, can learn how to help,” says Wendy.
“Please give it a go. With our emergency services so overworked, we as communities can get better at helping ourselves, and it really does make a difference.”
To download the app, visit www.resus.org.uk/apps/lifesaver