Herodsfoot Community Public Access

Herodsfoot Community Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) Appeal
Background
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) kills more people than breast or lung cancer. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR) is a first aid technique that can be used if someone is not breathing properly or if their heart has
stopped. CPR provides some circulation of oxygen-rich blood to the victim's heart and brain. This
circulation delays both brain death and the death of heart muscle. CPR also makes the heart more likely to
respond to defibrillation.
Survival: 5% with CPR alone; 50% with defibrillation
The rate of survival of an SCA is dependent upon time. The quicker the intervention, the better is the
outcome. Brain death starts after 3 minutes so urgent action is needed, particularly in rural areas where it
can take several minutes to get a competently trained person to the scene. PADs can be at the scene in a
matter of minutes.
A PAD for Herodsfoot
Jamie Sprake, one of the Forest Holidays team has been researching the possibility of installing a PAD for
use by the Herodsfoot community and visitors. He has initiated an appeal to raise money for a Community
Public Access Defibrillator to be installed at Deerpark Cabins, Herodsfoot. The Defibrillator will be mounted
by the phone box outside the Forest Retreat.
PADs have to be housed in a locked, heated box with a secure internet connection. By dialling 999, a user
would be given instructions to access the equipment and deliver a lifesaving electric shock to a casualty,
should it be appropriate. South West Ambulance Service agreed a PAD would benefit Herodsfoot and the
location at Forest Holidays is appropriate. Trained members of the Forest Holiday team will be available
24/7. The Defibrillator will be supplied and maintained by FLEET, a charity that relies on fund raising and
donations from people of Cornwall. FLEET have a campaign to install PADs across the county.
Funding the Herodsfoot PAD
The money needed to be raised for the Herodsfoot PAD is £3000.
 Forest Holidays will be donating a cabin stay to help raise money. Last year an auction for a Forest
Holiday raised £800 that was donated to Cornwall Air Ambulance.
 A donation box will be situated in the café area
 Proceeds from the twice weekly quiz nights will go straight to this appeal.
 Donations can be also made via the JustGiving website
https://www.justgiving.com/herodsfootPADappeal/
To find more information about FLEET http://fleet.org.uk/
For any other queries please contact Jamie Sprake on 01503 220370 or by email
[email protected]
Radio Cornwall Interview: Jamie will be talking to Nina Davey live on Radio Cornwall about the Herodsfoot
PAD Appeal on Wednesday 18th February at 3.30pm.
Funds have already started to be donated and can be watched growing on the JustGiving website. If like
me, you believe the possibility of having a PAD available in Herodsfoot is a great idea and could help save
lives, please support and donate to this appeal initiated by Jamie Sprake.
Kind Regards
Mary