Appeal launched to buy 35 defibrillators for Croydon
CROYDON residents could be dying unnecessarily – for the sake of a relatively small amount of money.
This week an appeal was launched to raise thousands of pounds towards getting a number of defibrillators, which save the lives of people who have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, stationed around the town.
Health officials gathered at Croydon University Hospital on Monday for the appeal, which was launched in a bid to get enough money raised to be able to place 35 of the life-saving machines around the borough in places such as GP practices and dental surgeries.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has said they need the public's help to raise £5,000 to fund the portable machines, with the hope that they will be placed in areas of high priority such as where there is a high historic incidence of cardiac arrest or where ambulances can struggle to get to.
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Croydon BHF Fundraising Volunteer Manager, Joanne Howe said: "Having more defibrillators available locally for these emergencies is crucial to saving more lives. I hope the community in Croydon will support this appeal and maybe do their own fundraising to help raise money."
Around £5,000 is needed from the public to fund the machines being installed, with each machine costing between £800 and £900.
The whole scheme has cost a whopping £30,000 in total. The 35 surgeries which will have the machines have paid a contribution of £15,000, with the BHF stumping up the other £10,000.
Defibrillators work by delivering a controlled electric shock through the chest to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm when someone has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.
The mobile machines are known as life savers as it allows anyone to use them, and when someone has a cardiac arrest, defibrillation needs to be prompt as for every minute that passes the chances of survival decrease by 10 per cent.