Birkdale Con club in bid to buy life saving defibrillator
Birkdale Conservative Club are trying to raise £2,500 to purchase a potentially life saving defibrillator for Birkdale Village.
So far the group, based on Liverpool Road in Birkdale, have collected £122 towards their total and plan to hold a number of fundraising events between now and April 2017.
There are already two in the nearby area with one placed at Birkdale Train Station and another at the doctors surgery but they are not accessible 24 hours a day.
Subject to funding and subsequent planning approval, the defib would be placed in a protective case outside the Conservative Club so that it is accessible to everyone in the village.
Con Club spokesperson Christopher Gibson said: “We want to provide a Community Public Access Defibrillator for Birkdale Village.
“Early defibrillation increases the chances of surviving cardiac arrest. Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chances of survival by 7-10%.
“Only around 20% of the 30,000 Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest patients are in a ‘shockable’ rhythm when Emergency Medical Services arrive. We want to increase the chances of survival for our local community.
“The Birkdale Conservative Club have identified a potential location on the front of our building for installing the defibrillator and cabinet (subject to planning approval).
“There are defibrillators in the nearby doctors surgeries and the train station, however, these are not available 24/7. They are only available when those facilities are open.
“When we asked people in the village if they knew the location of the nearest defibrillator the vast majority didn’t have a clue.
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