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Leading first aid charity St John Wales is launching a ‘Restart Your Heart’ campaign to equip communities in Wales with lifesaving defibrillators.
The charity’s initial aim is to raise £75,000 to place 50 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in key areas across Wales.
Around 30,000 people in the UK suffer a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital environment. In Wales around 2,000 people each year die of a heart attack. About two thirds of cardiac arrests occur in the home, and nearly half that occur in public are witnessed by bystanders.
For every minute that passes without defibrillation chances of survival decrease by around 10 per cent. Research shows that applying a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chances of survival.
St John Wales’ campaign focuses on placing defibrillators in rural areas, communities with poor road networks or traffic congestion and in areas where large crowds gather.
Keith Dunn, Chief Executive of St John Wales, said: “When someone suffers a cardiac arrest every second counts. Early defibrillation can increase the chance of survival by up to 80%.
“We want every community in Wales to have access to this lifesaving equipment and I’m hopeful that our campaign will be well supported by the public whose kind donations will help save countless lives.”
To support St John Wales’ campaign you make a donation or create your own online fundraising appeal. You may belong to a local group or association that would like to help, or your company may want to get involved. For more information please contact the fundraising team on 02920 449629 or email email@example.com
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