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Life saving devices presented to Sheffield organisations

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Organisations across Sheffield have been presented with life saving devices as part of an inspirational month long campaign.

The presentation concluded Westfield Health’s ‘Heart of Sheffield’ campaign, working in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS), to provide free automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to non-profit organisations in the city.

An AED is a portable machine that can help restart the heart by delivering a controlled electric shock through the chest wall.

We launched the campaign, which ran throughout February this year, in recognition of our Charitable Trust's 10-year anniversary of donating AEDs.

The seven organisations to benefit from the campaign were Mencap Sheffield, Ecclesfield Priory Players, The Old Rectory, the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, Brunswick Retirement Village, Brunsmeer FC Under 14 team and Parson Cross Community Centre.

They received their defibrillators from our chairman Graham Moore and Lauren Mallinson, Community Fundraising Manager at the BHF.

Graham Moore said: “It’s a privilege to carry on the work we’ve been doing over the last 10 years, providing life saving AEDs to organisations in the Sheffield region and beyond.”

Since 2003, Westfield Health has funded 92 AEDs, saving three lives.

Emma Scott, Community Defibrillation Officer at YAS, said: “Yorkshire Ambulance Service is proud to work in partnership with Westfield Health on the Heart of Sheffield campaign. It’s important that we now run familiarisation sessions and offer support to the organisations receiving these AEDs and we’re currently scheduling this training.”

It’s estimated that there are around 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year. Of these, around 30,000 are treated by emergency medical services.

Lauren Mallinson said: “When someone has a cardiac arrest, defibrillation needs to be prompt. For every minute that passes without defibrillation, chances of survival decreases by around 10 per cent. 

“Having more AEDs available locally for these emergencies is crucial to saving more lives.  We are delighted to be working with Westfield Health and Yorkshire Ambulance Service to support more charitable organisations to widen the AED network in Sheffield.”

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