Life-saving devices at heart of town

11:53am Thursday 20th February 2014

TWO more lifesaving devices will be available to people in Milford Haven thanks to the ongoing partnership between the British Heart Foundation, the Welsh Ambulance Service and South Hook LNG.

South Hook LNG Community Development Committee have provided funding for around 20 lifesaving defibrillators (AEDs) that will be distributed across Pembrokeshire, as part of the British Heart Foundation’s ‘No time to Wait’ Appeal.

Located in communities where increased incidences of cardiac arrests have occurred or in more rural settings where ambulance accessibility can be challenging, the automated defibrillators will provide essential lifesaving equipment.

The Milford Haven devices will be sited at the Post Office and Spar store and the town's Tesco branch.

Spar manager Richard Harries said: “We are delighted to have a defibrillator placed in the store which is in the heart of the local community in Charles St. This will definitely help save lives in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest in the town.”

Debbie Mills Tesco Charity Champion said “I would like to thank South Hook LNG, BHF Cymru and The Welsh Ambulance Service for providing us with a defibrillator for the store”

Jayne Lewis, of BHF Cymru, said: “Having more defibrillators available locally for these emergencies is crucial to saving more lives. It is also vitally important that people are trained in emergency life-support skills. These are paramount in improving the chances of a cardiac arrest victim until professional help arrives.”

If you’d like to organise a fundraising event to help raise money to fund equipment for local use, please contact Jayne Lewis BHF Cymru Fundraising Volunteer Manager on 01554 891 500 or lewisja@bhf.org.uk

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