At Cuckfield Life we’d like to encourage everyone living and working in the village to familiarise themselves with the sites of the life-saving defibrillator machines in Cuckfield and Bolnore and learn how to use them.
Cuckfield resident Wendy Tracey-Roberts Macrae has been working hard to ensure that two new defibrillator units are back up and running in the village.
Fellow resident and local electrician Guy Richardson has joined Wendy in her fight for safety and has kindly offered to fit the new units for free.
One of the new units has been placed outside Mansell McTaggart Estate Agents on the High Street and will be in the safer coded cabinet. The second unit has been erected on Whitemans Green, again in a safer coded cabinet and with a built-in CCTV camera.
If you notice that the status light is red and not green that indicates a problem with the unit, so please ensure that you report it.
Wendy says that we can all do our bit to help by getting involved. “Once the units are up, it is our responsibility as a village to maintain and check them.”
Funds are still being raised at the Co-op at Whitemans Green where buckets have been placed at the tills.
Please look out for any orange donation boxes in any of the village pubs collecting money by the ISOC (Independent State of Cuckfield) for the purpose of maintaining these two units.
Wendy adds: “The units need replacement batteries and pads every 4-5 years; the pads cost around £45 and the batteries are £300. Ideally, we’d like to encourage the community as a whole to help towards the funding of these life-saving units.”
Any local clubs should aim to register their details with the South East Coast Ambulance Service to enable any 999 call handlers to tell them where their nearest unit is in the village.
A third unit is currently being planned - please watch this space for further news.
If you are interested in finding out more, Wendy is organising a training session on the units but please be aware that there are limited places available. For additional information, please email Wendy direct at email@example.com.
There is also an app recommended by the Resuscitation Council. To download the app, visit the website: www.resus.org.uk/apps/lifesaver