In July 2012 Dawn & Richard established Featherstone AED Fund.
The fund aims to raise money to provide AED (Automated External Defibrillators to Featherstone and surrounding areas.
They have done this in a variety of ways. They have donated their conference fees (for speaking at conferences) carried out free Emergency Life Skills courses all over the country and donated their travelling expenses, held raffles and more recently held their first ever 100% to Charity driving instructor training event which raised over £1000.
They are really excited as the first AED is about to be installed in Featherstone with hopefully, another on the way later this year. They are also helping Shareshill obtain an AED for their village too.
With ambulance response times at an average time of 8 minutes it is vital that these machines are available in every village in order to reduce the number of cardiac arrest deaths.
50% of all know deaths are due to cardiac arrest.
If an AED is not used within the first 10 minutes of a cardiac arrest the patient WILL die.
What is an AED?
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator
What does it do?
It delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can stop an irregular rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume in a heart in sudden cardiac arrest
What is cardiac arrest?
Cardiac arrest is a sudden loss of heart function. This can happen to anyone, regardless of age of fitness level
In the UK alone around 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrest outside of hospital and are treated by emergency services.
Defibrillation is the only effective treatment for cardiac arrest. Evidence shows that this is the single most important factor in survival. If defibrillation is provided promptly, survival rates can be as high as 75%. The chances of successful defibrillation decline at a rate of around 10% with each minute of delay without treatment. An AED being present and being used promptly is vital to the success of survival for anyone suffering cardiac arrest.