Hellingly is to become a community of lifesavers after being fitted out with two public access defibrillators (PADs).
It has also been awarded a CPR training kit by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) after Hellingly Parish Council raised £1,000 through a grant from Wealden District Council to part-fund the potentially lifesaving machines.
The Nation of Lifesavers Community Package contains the CPR kit which includes everything needed to learn CPR in half an hour.
Hellingly Parish Council plans to run training sessions in the community meaning everyone can become potential lifesavers.
The defibrillators are portable devices that can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest.
For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. More than 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK every year but currently less than one in ten survive.
The BHF want to create a Nation of Lifesavers in a bid to boost the survival rates. The charity is campaigning for defibrillators to be made more accessible and recognisable to the public and want all young people to be taught CPR and PAD awareness at school.
Deputy clerk, Tracy Harper said: “We are delighted to have raised enough money to help fund this lifesaving package. The defibrillator will be placed outside our Village Hall, North Street, and outside The Kings Head Public House, Horsebridge, meaning that local people have the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest. We’re keen to get as many people as possible trained in CPR too. We’re now working to raise money for further defibs to be placed around our community.”
Judy O’Sullivan, assistant programme director at the BHF, said: “We are delighted that Hellingly Parish Council have joined the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign. It could really be the difference between life and death. ”
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