Dunkeswell one of six villages receiving new defibrillator
PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:21 12 November 2018
Dunkeswell has received a life-saving defibrillator thanks to a grant from the Parishes Together Fund, administered jointly by Devon County Council and East Devon District Council.
The new machine is one of nine introduced in East Devon villages - Newton Poppleford, East Budleigh, Clyst St Mary, Combpyne Rousdon and Woodbury.
Newton Poppleford and Harpford Parish Council took the lead in submitting the application for the grant funding which was supported by community donations and additional grants from the parish councils themselves, in some cases.
Supported by South West Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST), the new defibrillators have been installed at key locations within the respective parishes and a series of training events have been delivered to ensure that residents are confident in using the equipment in the event of a cardiac arrest emergency.
Early access to a defibrillator, coupled with CPR and access to trained medical personnel, can dramatically improve survival rates in the event of a cardiac arrest and all members of the public are urged to acquaint themselves with the locations of their nearest automated external defibrillator and, wherever possible, take advantage of training and awareness events.
The award from the Parishes Together Fund enabled the project to move forward as the individual cost of providing the equipment is often prohibitively expensive to a parish council, especially the smaller ones.
The overall project cost was more than £15,000 and the grant award of £8,768 ensured that the project was delivered on time, and on budget in the six parishes that worked together.
A representative for East Devon District Council said: “We hope that no-one ever has to use these devices, but should they be required in an emergency, they could very well save a life.”
Paul Hayward, Clerk to Newton Poppleford and Harpford Parish Council thanked everyone who made the project possible.
He added: “I would especially wish to thank Councillor Geoff Jung (Raleigh ward) and Jamie Buckley at EDDC for all of their help and support over the last 12 months.”
Dunkeswell’s new defibrillator is based at its village hall.