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Defibrillators installed

Shalford Defibrillator at Snooty Fox Cafe

Community Funding Pays For Village Defibrillators

Friends of Shalford have installed two defibrillators in our villages with the help of community funding from the Community Foundation for Surrey, Nisa’s Making A Difference Locally fund and a local resident. The defibrillators were supplied at a reduced cost by the British Heart Foundation along with CPR training equipment and advice.

As a local group, the Friends of Shalford decided that it would be a good idea to provide defibrillators in case they might save lives. The defibrillators, in their distinctive bright yellow and green cabinets, are situated in Shalford at the Snooty Fox café and in Peasmarsh at the Village Hall. If the defibrillators are needed for a medical emergency, people should dial 999 and the ambulance service will provide the code to access the cabinet. The equipment is straightforward to use and itself gives simple audio instructions.

Peasmarsh Defibrillator at Village Hall

As well as providing the life-saving equipment, Friends of Shalford have been organising CPR and defibrillator training given by First Responder Steve Pidgeon for local people. This also raises awareness of how lives can be saved and an eye-catching leaflet has been designed to let people know about the defibrillators and where to find them and copies are being delivered to all the local homes.

“We hope that people won’t suffer from problems with their hearts” said Friends of Shalford Chairman, Ellen Hallam, “but if they do, and any lives get saved by our defibrillators, then it will have been worth doing.”