Five defibs placed in Walsall as part of campaign
Five lifesaving defibrillators have been placed at our housing schemes in Walsall as part of our campaign to protect residents from one of the UK’s biggest killers – sudden cardiac arrest.
Housing & Care 21 has partnered with the charity Hand on Heart to place the automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at housing schemes for older people in Walsall as part of the Hearts & Homes campaign.
An event was held at Alrewych Court, in Aldridge, on Thursday February 24 to mark the official launch of the defibrillators which have also been placed at Deighton Court, Knaves Court and Mattesley Court in Bloxwich, and The Watermill on Goscote Lane.
The lifesaving devices can be used by anyone to shock the heart and help restore a normal rhythm should a sudden cardiac arrest occur. They will be stored in external cabinets so they are available for the whole community to use.
Kris Peach, our director of extra care, said: “We are delighted to be working with Hand on Heart to place these five defibrillators in Walsall as part of this life-saving project.
“Tens of thousands of people die every year in the UK after suffering sudden cardiac arrest and the statistics show using a defibrillator could save many of those lives.
“Hearts & Homes will see five Walsall communities protected by these lifesaving devices, including our residents and staff and many more people who live in the surrounding areas.”
The Hearts & Homes initiative - a national £220,000 campaign - is the biggest single commitment by a housing provider to place AEDs across its housing stock and schemes it manages on behalf of local authorities.
An estimated 60,000 people die every year in the UK after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest and using an AED with CPR can increase the chance of someone surviving a from 6% to up to 74%.
Victoria Burrows, Hand on Heart Chief Executive, said: “Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the UK’s biggest killers and every second counts, so having defibrillators in communities available for anyone to use in the event of an emergency is vital.
“The devices are so easy to use and because the ones in Walsall are in external cabinets it means the whole community will have access to it.
“We are so pleased to launch these lifesaving defibrillators as part of Hearts & Homes and Walsall is now a safer place as a result.”
Pictured: front, Amanda Box from FastAid with (left to right), Alison Norris, court manager for Alrewych Court, Polly Thacker, carer, Katrina Symes, senior carer, Joyce and George Cotton, Alrewych residents, Gail Gulen, senior carer, Elaine Blake, administrator at Alrewych Court