A group of Ingleton residents has joined together to raise awareness about lifesaving defibrillators and to raise funds to install more around the village.
The aim of Ingleton’s Save a Life Project is “to have an effective community of people in Ingleton who are able to resuscitate in a cardiac arrest situation.”
A cardiac arrest occurs when the normal electrical activity which controls the heart is replaced by a chaotic disorganised electrical rhythm, the heart stops beating effectively and the circulation of blood stops.
The only thing that can return the heart back to its normal rhythm is a high energy electric shock, and this shock needs to be delivered by a defibrillator.
Defibrillators can be used by lay people; they are safe and will not allow a shock to be given unless the heart needs it.
However, for every minute that goes by without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation, a person’s chance of survival is reduced by seven to 10 per cent.
The committee is raising funds to site more defibrillators around the village.
They will be sited on the outside of buildings so they are accessible at all times.
Each defibrillator and external cabinet costs £1,424.
If you would like to donate towards this project please contact Jenny Thistlethwaite (treasurer) on 07801 365319.
The money is being held in the Ingleton Rural Community Association bank account until the group has enough to buy the defibrillators.
The group also aims to ensure there is a large community of people who feel confident and are competent in using the defibrillators, and is placing a large emphasis on training and awareness.
CPR Training and Defibrillator awareness sessions are being held at the community centre throughout the year; places can be booked through Jayne at the community centre. There is a voluntary contribution of £2.50 for the sessions to cover the hire of the hall and any equipment that is used.
The sessions are being held on: Friday July 19, Wednesday August 19, Thursday September 3, Monday September 28, Tuesday October 13, Tuesday November 3, Friday November 20 and Thursday December 10.
There is also an information day from 2-4pm on May 23 at the community centre for people to go along to find out more and ask any questions.