Life-saving kit to be put in at all of Fareham’s community centres

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DEFIBRILLATORS will be put in to all council-owned community centres in Fareham in a bid to save lives.

The life-saving equipment delivers a shock which restarts someone’s heart after they suffer a cardiac arrest.

Council leader Sean Woodward agreed to spend up to £13,175 to put defibrillators into the 16 community centres across Fareham, plus to train staff, at the latest executive meeting.

This comes on the back of the government working in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, to provide up to £1m of public funding to put the kit into public places.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘It is a very good idea to install defibrillators wherever.

‘It is the first response that people can give to somebody suffering a heart attack. They save lives, without any shadow of a doubt.

He added: ‘Reassuringly you cannot misuse them. It will not shock somebody for whom a shock is inappropriate. They are fantastic devices.’

Cllr Sue Bell, executive member for leisure and community, said: ‘As someone who is trained to use a defibrillator – they do save lives.

‘It’s not just about having the defibrillator in the building, it’s also about being confident enough to use it.

‘A defibrillator can save a life, so it is important to have them.’

Last year, The News launched its Heartbeat campaign, which aims to get more defibrillators installed in public places.

Every year more than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the UK, and only one in 10 people survive.

Research shows that for every minute a person spends without CPR and defibrillation, their chances of survival drop by 10 per cent.

Since its launch, scores of places have installed the kit, including at the Civic Offices in Fareham and The Fareham pub in Trinity Street.

Landlords Martin and Diane Munns fundraised to get the kit, which is installed at the front of the pub so that anybody can access it at any time.

Campaign sees more places get equipment

Defibrillators installed since The News’ campaign launched:

Fareham Town Football Club

Furzeley Golf Course in Denmead

Hampshire Cosmetics Ltd, Waterlooville

The Rainbow pub, Waterlooville

Waterlooville Orthodontic

Thorngate Halls, Gosport

Havant and Waterlooville FC

St Faith’s Church, Lee-on-the-Solent

Emsworth Community Centre

Southwick Golf Club

Denmead Parish Council installed two devices in Denmead

Cowplain Bowling Club

Havant College and Havant Park

Rowlands Castle Parish Council

Tesco Extra, Havant

Havant and Chichester bus stations and Portsmouth bus depot

The Fareham Pub, Trinity Street

Fareham Borough Council’s Civic Offices, Fareham

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Gosport Ferry terminal

Swanwick Marina