Fundraising campaign launches for defibrillator in Westbury
A CPR trainer has launched a fundraising campaign for a new 24 hour public access automated external defibrillator (AED) in Westbury-on-Trym village.
The village previously had use of an AED at the Victoria pub in Chock Lane, but after the pub was recently sold the donor relocated it to Kingsweston House.
As a result Simon Brooke, who lives in Westbury-on-Trym, is currently trying to raise funds for a replacement defibrillator to be installed outside the Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church on Westbury Hill. Simon used to be a volunteer community first responder for South Western Ambulance Service (SWAST), and attended a number of cardiac arrests during his nine year career.
Speaking about his fundraising, Simon said: “I have been certified to teach CPR and basic life support. My experience has made me pretty passionate about CPR, and I think it’s essential that all communities in Bristol are aware of its importance.
“Earlier this year I arranged free CPR training sessions at the Methodist Church and we managed to train over 200 people. Immediate action from a bystander and early defibrillation are key to increasing someone’s chance of surviving a cardiac arrest. The survival rate increase goes from 1 in 10 to 3 in 10.
“Although there is currently an AED at the men’s club in Westbury, it’s not that easy to access, and we need one in a prominent position in the village. If we can raise more money it would great to purchase more than one AED and have them strategically placed. I know that the previous donor of the AED at the Victoria is also raising funds for another for the White Lion pub too, and it will be great for the public to have several 24 hour access AEDs in the area.”
Simon’s target is to raise £3,000, and at the time of writing he had raised £856. He is looking for members of the community and local businesses to support him, and if you’d like to find out more about his fundraising, visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/simon-brookes-4