You may have noticed a bright yellow box located on a wall or inside a telephone box in surrounding villages and towns. These, as many people know, are defibrillators and are an essential piece of equipment for local community schemes to provide ‘Community Access Defibrillation’ (cPAD). The defibrillator will be sited at the Fox and Hounds and this has been made possible by the kind permission and help of the landlord, Jason Allen.
Why have a defibrillator and a cPAD scheme? The answer to this question can be found on the website of a charity called the Community HeartBeat Trust (CHT), but basically North Luffenham is a rural community and following a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) expert medical help is unlikely to arrive within 5 minutes. Following SCA survival decreases by 23%: survival is only 5% with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) alone; 50% with defibrillation.
The acquisition of the defibrillator has been made possible with the support of the CHT, a generous donation of half of the funding from the Karen Ball Fund, and the other half provided by North Luffenham Parish Council.
One of the other essential elements of a cPAD scheme is the need for a number of local volunteers who are trained to respond to a sudden cardiac event (SCA), able to perform basic life support (BLS) with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and in the use of the automated external defibrillator (AED). This may sound rather daunting but BLS and CPR are not demanding techniques, skills easy to learn, and the AEDs are designed to be simple to use.
If you are interested in finding out more or thinking about becoming a volunteer then please contact Tim Smith, North Luffenham Community Scheme Organiser.
There is also a lot of information on cPAD schemes on the CHT website.
Diabetes UK are looking for volunteers over the weekend of October 4th/5th/6th to take part in a bucket collection as part of the Big Collection Weekend at Tesco in Oakham.
If anyone can give 3 hours between 12 and 3 on Friday or Saturday, or between 3 and 6 on Friday, please could you contact me please, its a great charity.
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Contact Gail to Volunteer
St Mary & St John Primary School will be holding FREE Keep Fit for Adult classes on Friday afternoons from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.
Open to everyone – NO CHARGE Come along and get fit for the summer!
For more details please contact the School.
Sponsored by the Big Lottery.
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Rutland Local Involvement Network (LINk) is holding an information event around the services and support available at the end of life.
Join us on Thursday 28th February 2013, 10am – 12noon at the following address:
The Gover Building
Voluntary Action Rutland
Lands End Way
to hear from Hospice at Home, MacMillan Nurses and Marie Curie Services, District Nurses and LOROS as well as from the East Midlands Ambulance Service and from University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust all of Whom will be giving presentations about their services and Will be available to answer your questions.
Kathy Reynolds, Chair of Rutland LlNk said: “Having a conversation about end of life choices can be difficult- death is often regarded as a taboo subject. Ensuring We are able to make choices about our Care, treatment and Where we want to die is essential if we are to have a ‘good death’. Knowledge and planning also allows spouses, family members and others to make the most of their time with a loved one.”
If you are interested in finding out more about the End of Life Services in your area, or you have questions that you would like to ask then please join us!
To book your place Contact Jenny Darlow, LINk Engagement Officer on 0116 229 3018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Online booking available here.
via Jenny Darlow, Rutland LINK Engagement Officer
End of Life Event Poster