The villages of Rampton and Woodbeck are becoming a community of lifesavers after they have been fitted each with a public access defibrillator (PAD) and the Parish Council has been awarded a CPR training kit by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
The Community Package contains the innovative kit which includes everything needed to learn CPR in half an hour. Retford Lions have kindly agreed to run a training session in the local community at Woodbeck Community Centre, meaning everyone can become potential lifesavers. The free training session will be held on Monday 5th June, at 7.15pm. The session can accommodate up to 30 attendees. However, if there is sufficient demand a second date may be arranged. To book your place please contact Pete Weaver, from Woodbeck Residents Association, on 01777 248556.
The defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest. This is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and they lose consciousness almost at once. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. It’s therefore imperative the people of Rampton and Woodbeck know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.
Over 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 these shocking survival rates.
Muriel Arden, chairman of Rampton Parish Council, said: “We are delighted to have received this lifesaving package. A defibrillator kiosk has been placed at:
- Rampton — Village Hall, Manor Drive
- Rampton — External Wall, Holme Farm, Laneham Street
- Woodbeck — External Porch Wall, Community Centre, Chadwick Walk
“This gives local people the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest. The defibrillators are located in positons where they can be accessed by the public 24/7. We’re keen to get as many people as possible trained in CPR too.”