22 March 2016 – ‘Generously’ Sponsored Defibrillator Ready To Save Lives

A North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) Community First Responder (CFR) has thanked Chorley and District Building Society for their ‘extremely generous’ sponsorship of a defibrillator for his team.

New Longton CFR

Picture: Community First Responder Dale Green, Emily Bairstow-Binns Chief Cashier and Ruth Aspey Customer Adviser at the Leyland Branch of the Chorley and District Building Society.

Following a local appeal for funding by the New Longton CFR team, Julie Goodwin from Chorley District Building Society contacted CFR Dale Green offering to sponsor a device for his team. Dale had the opportunity to thank building society staff as they presented the defibrillator to him at their Leyland Branch recently.

CFRs are trained volunteers that are called upon by ambulance control to attend life-threatening emergency calls in their local communities and are sent simultaneously with ambulances to such incidents.

The New Longton team was set up by NWAS in November 2010 and covers New Longton and the surrounding villages in the area. The New Longton CFR team is part of the region’s CFR network and is one of several teams across the North West actively recruiting for additional CFRs.  

In receiving the new defibrillator, Dale Green said: “The team has recently recruited some new members and significant pieces of kit like this will strengthen the team and ensure more resources are ready to help anyone suffering a cardiac arrest in the local community – on behalf of the New Longton CFR team I would like to say a big thank you to Chorley District Building Society for their extremely generous donation.

“A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, young or old, at any time and the use of a defibrillator within the first few minutes, while professional help is on the way, can improve the chances of survival by up to 70 per cent. For every minute that passes without intervention the chances of survival decreases by up to 14 per cent.

“The team does receive some equipment from NWAS, but we are largely self-funded and need to raise our own monies for equipment such as defibrillators, kit bags and pagers. The equipment costs in the region of £1200 per kit plus a pager rental at £220 per year. I’ve no doubt this defibrillator will make a huge impact in saving lives in our local community.”

Julie Goodwin of Chorley & District Building Society said: “It is a pleasure to be able to support such a worthwhile cause and a team of dedicated volunteers that help to save lives locally.”

If any other organisation or individual is able to or wants to support the team they should contact the team leader Laura Foxon, who would be very happy to discuss a range of options. Laura can be contacted at laura.foxon@hotmail.co.uk. For more information about the role of Community First Responders please visit their website www.nwas-responders.info.