06:00 Monday 13 January 2014

New lifesaving equipment for St John Ambulance unit in Ely

Written byJORDAN DAY

The new AED is presented to the St John Ambulance's Ely unit. The new AED is presented to the St John Ambulance's Ely unit.

A new piece of equipment has been presented to the St John Ambulance’s Ely unit to help save even more lives.

Volunteers from the Ely branch have been fundraising to buy a new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for some time.

The fundraising kicked off when volunteer Ed Murphy raised £500 by completing the Great East Run.

This figure was boosted by collections at stalls and in the street, plus donations from local organisations such as the Freemasons and the Rotary Club, all of which brought in a further £1,900.

The unit, based in Barton Road, has now been presented with the AED, which will enable the volunteers to cover more duties and events, delivering first aid to members of the public.

Tony Curd, St John Ambulance district manager with responsibility for Cambridgeshire, said: “This is a fantastic fundraising effort and I’d like to personally thank unit volunteers, members of the public and the local organisations who enabled this vital piece of equipment to be purchased.

“Although we hope it never has to be used, residents in Ely and surrounding communities should feel reassured that their local St John Ambulance unit now not only has this AED but also trained volunteers who are able to deploy it to save lives.”

Paul Fedarb, manager of the Ely unit, said: “It’s great news that we have this AED as they can be real life savers in cardiac arrest casualties and the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

“I’m really proud of the unit and the efforts that were put into securing the money needed for the kit.

“We’re not stopping at that though, and are currently embarking upon a new project to raise funds for an airway training manikin to help us to develop our life saving skills to an even higher standard.”

Following a survey which revealed that 70 per cent of people wrongly thought that a heart attack was the same as a cardiac arrest, St John Ambulance’s New Year campaign focuses specifically on identifying the signs of a heart attack.

For more information about the campaign for your local branch, visit www.sja.org.uk.

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