|Early next month your Chairman and your Clerk will be lining up alongside 60,000 others in Newcastle at the start of The Great North Run, which is the world's largest half marathon. We will be running to raise money for a defibrillator for West Haddlesey, and this email is to ask you to support us by donating as much as you can online at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/westhaddlesey
When a cardiac arrest strikes, time is of the essence - every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the victim's chance of survival by around 10%. In a rural location such as ours, where response times can be considerable, having a publicly accessible defibrillator, which wouldn't just be there for residents of our village, but of all the neighbouring villages too, can make a massive difference. 80% of sudden cardiac arrests which take place outside hospitals take place at home, and of those the majority occur when someone is around to help. With no intervention, survival rates are just 5%, rising to 9% if CPR alone is given. But if an automated external defibrillator is applied within five minutes of the cardiac arrest starting, survival rates leap to 74%.
It literally can mean the difference between life and death.