Volunteers and staff at Emsworth Community Centre recently received training in lifesaving skills and the use of a defibrillator that has been donated to the centre.
The centre was donated the defibrillator by the Friends of Emsworth Community Health (formerly the Friends of Emsworth Hospital).
Rick Mawer, from the South Central Ambulance Service, took eight people through the vital steps of dealing with an emergency and how to preserve life and use the defibrillator until the emergency services arrive.
Karen Fellows, administrator at Emsworth Community Centre undertook the defibrillator training.
She said: ‘We’re so fortunate to have been donated such a valuable piece of equipment and to have received professional training.
‘We’ve located the defibrillator in the main reception area, so it is available in an emergency along with the contact names of those who have been through the training, as at least one of them should be in the building.
‘We will ensure that our first aid skills are kept up to date with an annual review.
‘Hopefully there will be no need to use the defibrillator, but is great to have the equipment and skills necessary which may help to save a life.’
Anne Jolly, founder of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (Sads) UK, the Ashley Jolly Sad Trust said: ‘Sads UK is pleased that Emsworth Community Association has placed a defibrillator in their community.
‘They will benefit from having a defibrillator to restart the heart if there is a cardiac arrest in the vicinity.
‘Using CPR alone provides a five per cent chance of survival but early use of the defibrillator as well increases the chance of survival to over 50 per cent.
‘This is why Sads UK is so passionate about making this lifesaving equipment widely available.’
To find out more about the initiative go to sadsuk.org.uk.