Winchester Donates For Defibs

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February
2016

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Winchester Raises Cash for Defibs

St John Ambulance volunteers in Winchester have raised over £300 towards buying a new Automatic External Defibrillator – equipment that could help save lives – thanks to shoppers at the town’s Waitrose store.



When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, the chance of survival falls by 10 per cent every minute without first aid. But, with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the use of a defibrillator within three minutes, their chance of survival could be as high as 70 per cent.

That’s why St John Ambulance wants to make sure its volunteers have defibrillators available when they’re needed most.

Winchester Raises Cash For Defibs

Winchester Today was present when Christine Atkinson, St John Ambulance County President for Hampshire was presented with a cheque alongside St John Ambulance President for Winchester, Iain Steel, who is the third generation of his family to hold this position.

Winchester Donates for Defibs – “Every Penny Makes a Difference”

Christine told us she’s really pleased: “We’re extremely grateful to Waitrose and to all those shoppers who chose to support St John Ambulance – donations such as this really do make a difference.

“Our Donate for Defibs fundraising appeal is about asking people to help raise money for defibrillators which our volunteers will use to treat people who suffer a cardiac arrest.”

Winchester Raises Cash For Defibs

Each defibrillator costs around £1,000, so the charity is hoping more people will donate to the appeal and hold their own fundraising events.

Amber Woodward is Regional Fundraising Coordinator for St John Ambulance: “All the money raised through the appeal will fund St John Ambulance defibrillators in the South East and I’m delighted that Waitrose customers in Winchester have donated £332 towards the cost of one through the store’s Community Matters scheme – every penny counts.

“Every donation will help us to make sure we have a defibrillator available when it’s needed most, to give more people the chance to survive a cardiac arrest. The more defibrillators we have, the better equipped we are to save lives.”

Pictured: Tom Jardine-Smith from Waitrose in Winchester hands a cheque over to Christine Atkinson and Iain Steel
Kevin Gover from Winchester Today talks to Christine and Iain
Pictures by Rachel Gover