Until now Ivybridge did not have any community defibrillators that were available any time of the day or night. This has now changed thanks to an initiative led by the Rotary Club of Ivybridge in partnership with the Lions Club of Ivybridge, The Salvation Army and local businesses, WG Friends Garage, The Country Maid and Manning and Company all based in the town.
The President of Ivybridge Rotary Club, Peter Tasker, said; “The Rotary Club of Ivybridge has long had the goal of providing an external defibrillator for the town and I am delighted that we now have not one but two units, both in ideal central central locations. Our thanks go to Justin Lord of Lord Electrical for his help in installing the cabinets.”
On average there are more than 100,000 hospital admissions each year due to heart attacks, that’s one every five minutes. Every minute without CPR or defibrillation reduces a victims survival rate by seven to ten percent. If defibrillated in the first minute of a collapse a victims chances of survival are 90 percent!
The Rotary Club of Ivybridge has teamed up with other local voluntary organisations and local businesses to provide two brand new defibrillators in the heart of the community. One is on the forecourt of Friends BP Garage and the other on the wall outside The Country Maid in Fore Street. Both cabinets are accessible 24 hours a day by simply rotating the outer cover. They are extremely easy to use and will prompt a user every step of the way.
Richard Friend of WG Friend and Sons said; “As a central Ivybridge location we are delighted to be able to support this life saving initiative by hosting one of the two new community defibrillators provided by the Rotary Club of Ivybridge”.
Wendy Lillicrap from The Country Maid said; “We are always happy to support our local community and with such an important piece of equipment we didn’t hesitate to say yes. Thanks also to our landlord Richard Peachey for allowing us to site the defibrillator on the front of our premises”.
Would you know what to do if someone collapsed in front of you or needed CPR?
The Rotary Club of Ivybridge has also teamed up with Manning and Company to provide CPR and defibrillator training to anyone in the community who would like to be trained in these lifesaving techniques. The training is completely free of charge and will be held at regular dates at venues in the centre of Ivybridge. The aim is to train a minimum of 1000 members of the community in the next two years. To register your interest in this invaluable training please just email [email protected] This training is available to individuals, groups and businesses alike.
Paul Northmore MD of Manning and Company said; “It was clear right from our initial discussion with the Rotary Club of Ivybridge about the defibrillator installation, that this was something we would be delighted to be involved with. Two community defibrillators will be invaluable for the town of Ivybridge. We are looking forward to working with the Rotary Club to support the training on an ongoing basis along with getting the staff in our Fore Street office trained to use it”.
Rotary Club member Paul Fletcher who helped coordinate the initiative said;
“We have had support from South West Ambulance Service Trust and their Community First Responder in setting up one of the defibrillators, and in offering to assist with the CPR training sessions.
In addition we have had a generous grant from the British Heart Foundation towards the cost of the second defibrillator and the CPR training kit we will be using for the community training program.
Without this support we could not have put together this important project for the benefit of the Ivybridge community”.