Girlings is delighted to be leading a life-saving local initiative to provide a new community defibrillator for Sherborne’s town centre, located outside Sherborne Post Office. We have committed £500 towards the purchase of essential equipment, along with project management and a commitment to ongoing support. We are working closely with Sherborne Town Council, The Friends of the Yeatman Hospital, Sherborne Chamber of Commerce and other interested parties.
This new community defibrillator for the town would not be possible without the support of The Friends of the Yeatman Hospital, who generously committed £1740 to the project as part of their community outreach. The Friends’ support means that we have reached our £2600 fundraising target, covering not only the purchase of equipment but also a 4-year maintenance plan.
Many thanks also to Andrew and Paul (and their customers) of Cheap Street’s independent stationers Midwest, who have donated £360 to the defibrillator project through a recent charity raffle.
Following months of negotiation with BT and Royal Mail, the kiosk (to the right of the Post Office yard entrance in Cheap Street) has now been formally adopted by Sherborne Town Council (and a special acknowledgement to Sherborne’s Town Clerk, Steve Shield, for his hard work on that) and has been decommissioned. It’s now a question of ‘watch this space’ as we work together with the Community Heartbeat Trust to repurpose one of Sherborne’s iconic K6 telephone boxes into a Community Public Access Defibrillator for the benefit of the local community and visitors to our historic town.
We are buying a ZOLL AED 3 unit which offers:
- Technology to help inexperienced rescuers perform high-quality CPR
- Pad sensor to help guide the rate and depth of compressions
- Among the fastest AEDs to deliver a shock
- Clear, colourful images and audio prompts to guide persons through a rescue
- CPR Uni-padz™ Also contains the rescue kit (Gloves, Scissors etc)
- CPR Uni padz ™ can defibrillate both Children and Adults at the push of a button
Appreciation is due to BT who through its ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ scheme enabled the town to adopt the kiosk; with a commitment to maintain the electricity supply, so the emergency equipment will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Also to Royal Mail, who worked with us to obtain the necessary legal permissions before the project could get off the ground.
Lastly, thanks to the British Coatings Federation (BCF), which has donated our project the classic red paint we need, along with gold paint for the kiosk crown, so that we can properly restore the kiosk on the outside.
Sherborne Community Defibrillator supporters
18th July 2022
For more information (or if you are interested in attending one of our future defibrillator training courses) contact:
Liz Murray, Girlings Complete Hearing/Marketing & PR Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 07795 298781