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Defibrillator Project for North East Wales Search & Rescue (NEWSAR)

Fund applied for: £1,000

Location: Denbighshire

1050 votes so far

Project description

Describe your project
We are seeking funding to purchase defibrillators for NEWSAR team members to use when they are first on scene delivering life-saving treatment at the request of North Wales Police. NEWSAR volunteers treat casualties in cardiac arrest often in semi-rural, remote, or dangerous places across North East Wales. Time is critical. Quick application of CPR along with the use of a defibrillator will dramatically improve the casualties chance of survival. Once the casualty is stable we can then deliver them to a place of safety, utilizing the Coast Guard helicopter in difficult terrain or into the charge of North Wales Ambulance Service. On call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day NEWSAR receives virtually no government funding and almost entirely funded by public donations.

How will your project benefit your local community?
Our local community will benefit in a number of ways from a successful application and the purchase of the defibrillators. Firstly, defibrillators are not available everywhere across our community, especially in remote areas such as the Clwydian Range or the Berwyn Range. Swift deployment of team members equipped with defibrillators to these areas will save lives. We also treat casualties who are found in semi-rural areas. This can include finding and then applying immediate life-saving care to vulnerable missing people including those with dementia who have gone missing from home. NEWSAR often works with local community groups to share their experiences and life-saving knowledge. These sessions could include defibrillator training which would benefit the wider community.

Please give details of any support you have from your local community
As a local charity NEWSAR is greatly supported across North East Wales not only by the local communities we serve but by North Wales Police and North Wales Ambulance Service.

How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
Initially, 100 people will benefit from immediate basic lifesaving training skills including training on how to use the defibrillators. There are plans to offer extended training sessions with local community groups.

Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
We will spend the momey on the purchase of defibrillators

When and why was your project founded?
January 1 2018

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