Appeal for ‘life-saving’ machine in Middleton

AN APPEAL has been launched today to save lives in Middleton.

Parish councillors – led by chairman Shirley Haywood – have opened a fund to buy a defibrillator to be used in the centre of the village.

They hope to install the equipment at the Jubilee Hall on April 11 after three months of fundraising to reach the £2,500 required for the HeartSafe life-saving defibrillator.

Joe Lake, the council’s clerk, said: “This fund has already received pledges from the Jubilee Hall committee and the Friends of Avisford Medical Centre, both of Middleton, plus Felpham Colts football teams who play on the pitches at Shrubbs Field.

“It is hoped, with the formal launch of this fundraising initiative, further pledges from local shops and community groups in the area will now be forthcoming.”

The defibrillator will be secured in a vandal and weather-proof container on a wall of the hall which is covered by CCTV.

“Access to the device will only be through a code obtained from a 999 emergency call operator. That is a lesson that has sadly been learnt from the theft of a similar device in Felpham,” said Mr Lake.

“Once the device has been activated, an ambulance will be immediately dispatched to the scene.”

Quick response to a sudden cardiac arrest is vital.

The first person on the scene can make a difference in saving a life by providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation to help maintain the blood flow.

The defibrillator will be easy to use by people of all ages with a simple two-button operation and voice or visual prompts to guide the user through every step of CPR.

Mr Lake can be contacted for further details of the appeal on mospc@btconnect.com.