Paramedic launches fourth defibrillator in St Neots

St Neots defib launch

A St Neots paramedic has launched another community-funded defibrillator in the Cambridgeshire town with the people who helped make it happen.

Jenni McClagish has helped to raise so much money that six of the lifesaving pieces of kit can be bought for the community.

The latest defibrillator was installed at the new offices of Giggs and Company estate and letting agents on Eaton Socon Green. The first defibrillator was installed at Crosshall School last year, but the team had raised enough money to purchase a second, thanks to the Eatons Community Association, the Barley Mow public house, Central England Co-Operative, Waitrose and Crosshall Infants and Junior School.

Jenni said: “I have been so amazed by the support and realised how much people clearly wanted defibrillators in their community. In August, I approached the town council for a grant and they gave me £10,000 to purchase four more defibrillators and maintain them for the next decade.”

As part of the installation of the new equipment, 66 people have been taught basic life support skills and how to use the defibrillator by EEAST staff, and 24 more will be trained in the next few weeks.

Published 15th January 2015 

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