Volunteers reach halfway mark to meet their CPAD goal

Jacqueline Whipp Soham Defib Project 190819

The Soham community first responder (CFR) group are fundraising in their community with the aim of installing 10 community public access defibrillators (CPADs) across their town to help aid members of the public in the event of a cardiac arrest.

Having reached their half way target, the group are looking for more partners in the Soham area to help fund five more defibrillators and their boxes.

Jacqueline Whipp, the group’s coordinator said “We know that early defibrillation is key to improving a patient’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest and having more defibrillators available to the public and registered with the ambulance service makes this more even more likely.

“For a town of our size, we need about 10 CPADs to cover the area and help improve more outcomes for more patients."

Jacqueline and the Soham group have organised multiple events in their community to help fundraise for the CPAD sites so far. This included a 24-hour keep-fit relay outside Sweats Gym with the CFRs and people from the town all taking part and pedaling non-stop to reach their goal and get another defibrillator installed and ready to help.

Great work Jacqueline and well done to all the CFRs involved.

Published 20th August 2019

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