Lifesaving machine donated by developer
The Larkfleet Homes Community Fund has donated £1,000 to assist a group of residents in Baston to purchase and install a defibrillator for the public to use in case of medical emergencies.
The defibrillator is being fitted in a purpose-designed heated and weatherproof cabinet at the Mayfield Gardens community hall in Baston.
Following advice from the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), residents elected to install a fully automated external defibrillator (AED). An AED is the simplest form of defibrillator. It is designed for people with no medical training to use giving very clear verbal instructions and only delivering an electric shock if the patient needs it.
Taking advantage of the Larkfleet donation and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) part funding scheme, Mayfield Gardens residents purchased a WEL Medical iPAD SP1 fully automatic unit approved by both the BHF and EMAS, and it will be installed by Larkfleet technicians.
Resident Les Newcomb said: “EMAS told us that should you find a person suffering a cardiac arrest, you should phone 999, administer CPR and then use the defibrillator. The BHF package included 10 CPR training kits which will be used to train the residents of Mayfield Gardens and anybody else in Baston that would like to learn CPR”.
The defibrillator will serve not only the residents of Mayfield Gardens, Chesham Drive and Aveland Way, but will be available for all residents of Baston.
The Larkfleet Homes Community Fund supported the residents’ application to the British Heart Foundation for the AED and a CPR training kit, and the cost of a cabinet in which to house the device.
Larkfleet Homes technical director Dan Endersby said: “The local residents have done a lot of work to secure the defibrillator. We were delighted to be able to help them purchase the device and the necessary training kit.
“We will also be installing the defibrillator in an appropriate cabinet at the community centre.”
The Larkfleet Homes Community Fund supports charities and voluntary groups within ten miles of any housing development by Larkfleet Homes or Allison Homes, which are both part of The Larkfleet Group of Companies based in Bourne.
Details of how to apply for grants are on the Larkfleet Homes website at www.larkfleethomes.co.uk/community-fund