Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston is encouraging local communities to apply for free public access defibrillators and CPR training kits which are currently available from the British Heart Foundation.
“This initiative recognises the need for us all to be able to help if someone has a heart attack in a public place.
“More people knowing how to do CPR and a greater access to defibrillators will mean that more lives can be saved in an emergency.
“I encourage all eligible groups to apply for equipment as soon as possible as there is a limited supply. For more information visit bhf.org.uk/defibs or email firstname.lastname@example.org”
Eligible applicants include charities, social enterprises, community groups and any commercial organisations working in partnership with a public body such as the NHS Ambulance Service or a local charity.
The funding is available in England only and successful applications must demonstrate:
• That the defibrillator will be accessible to the public, preferably 24/7
• A commitment to train the local community in CPR
• A clear need for the device such as high footfall or a rural location.