South Western Ambulance Charity

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Registered address
c/o SWASFT,Abbey Court
Eagle Way,Exeter, Devon
EX2 7HY

Phone
0300 3690108

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Charity number
1049230

Supporting our communities

Defibrillators

More than 3,600 people are resuscitated by ambulance staff every year in the South West following cardiac arrest.  Once in cardiac arrest, for every minute that passes a person loses a further 10% chance of survival.  

A defibrillator is a device used to give an electric shock to help restart a patient’s heart when they are in cardiac arrest.  When someone has a cardiac arrest, the heart stops and blood is no longer being pumped around their body. The longer they go without emergency life-support, the harder it is to restart their heart. 

The South Western Ambulance Service Charity is supporting defibrillator placement, maintenance and training across the region.  Increased public access to defibrillators results in more people receiving a life-saving shock as quickly as possible, giving them the best possible chance of survival.  

In December 2016, and thanks to the fundraising efforts of 12 year-old resident Joel Swayer, a lifesaving gift of a defibrillator has been installed in Exbourne.  As well as organising a sponsored bike ride and sourcing donations from his local Women’s Institute and church groups, Joel also gifted his birthday and Christmas money towards the fund.   

£1,800 buys a 4-year life-saving defibrillator package for use in a local community.

Restart a Heart: Improving the chances of cardiac arrest survival throughout the South West.

 

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