Help us save lives at Aldwark

Date: 4th Jul 2019 Author: Adam Turner

We are raising money for a life-saving defibrillator at our County Water Centre, and we need your help!


At Aldwark Activity Centre we don’t have a readily accessible AED within the 3-5 minutes reccomended by the British Heart Foundation. We are committed to providing a safe environment for our young people, voulunteers, helpers & parents, and want to install a defibrillator on site.

In the UK, around 30,000 people per year suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest. When someone has a cardiac arrest, their heart will often go into an odd rhythm which requires a measured electrical shock as quickly as possible to try and restore it to a normal rhythm. For every minute that a victim does not receive CPR and defibrillation their chances of survival decrease by 10%. Anyone can use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and no formal training is necessary.

  • 12 people under the age of 35 die each week in the UK from sudden cardiac arrest
  • 270 children die from sudden cardiac arrest in schools in the UK each year
  • If a defibrillator is used within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, survival rates jump from 6% to 74%

Some of our fantastic volunteers are raising money to fund the installation of an AED the centre. Can you help us to purchase this defibrillator  that will be accessible to every person using Aldwark, giving all of us a better chance of survival in the event of a Cardiac arrest?

As at July 2019 the closest AED can be found in Great Ouseburn, which is too far away to access easily. In Sweden (where they have AED on all public transport systems and schools and mass training in CPR the survival rate is approximately ten times higher than in the UK.Our team are planning on selling eggs and entering the July Yorkshire Tough Mudder to raise money to supply and instal this brilliant bit of life saving equipment.

If you think that this is worthwhile, please sponsor us in our aim to raise just £1,250.

Thank you for reading, and for your continued support. You can find more information on the Aldwark website.
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