Onibury’s Community Defibrillator
Onibury Parish Council
During July 2021 Pat Giles, Jan Giles and Lisa Owen, the volunteers who organise and run ‘Onibury Original Quiz Nights’, began to raise funds to purchase a defibrillator for their community. They were motivated to undertake this project by both national and personal events that had taken place.
They received support from the Parish Council and donations from the community made through the funding platform ‘JustGiving’. Jan said “we were utterly overwhelmed with the amount of support we received and how quickly we managed to reach our fundraising goal, allowing us to purchase the defibrillator and cabinet. Our community was completely behind us and we had individuals coming up and telling us what a great cause this was and that they were happy to support and donate. Their generosity was tremendous.”
The defibrillator has been fitted within the telephone box which is adjacent to The Apple Tree public house. Lisa said “we believed this was an excellent and central location for the defibrillator, not only had it already got an available electricity supply but also made use of the underused kiosk, and through The Community Heartbeat Trust Charity we adopted the telephone box and were even able to source free paint to ensure the kiosk is maintained.” Signs will be displayed on both sides of Onibury village indicating the situ of the defibrillator.
The defibrillator has now been made live on the ambulance’s CAD system and is available for use. Pat said “although we hope than no-one is in a position where they need to use the defibrillator, we are grateful that this vital piece of life saving equipment is in our village, and could not have done this without the support of every single donator.” The next step will be to organise an ‘Awareness Session’ and details will be advertised when the time and date are confirmed. Although training is not necessary to use the equipment, as it is self-explanatory and the machine includes a video screen showing step by step instructions, however the awareness session will help people to feel more at ease with the equipment and encourage use if needed.
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