A paramedic area support officer has launched a fundraising campaign to get a defibrillator in Hampton Magna.
Andy Allsopp, who lives in Hampton Magna and works for West Midlands Ambulance Service, started his campaign after realising the village did not have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
He said: “I see through my job, the importance of an AED when a patient is in cardiac arrest. Currently the villagers of Hampton Magna do not have access to this life-saving device.
“The villager calling 999 would have to wait until an ambulance arrives before defibrillation can occur. There is approximately a seven per cent chance of survival in an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with just CPR alone. However, CPR with an AED significantly improves chances of a return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) to around 50 per cent.”
Mr Allsopp is trying to raise £1,200 to get an AED installed at the Budbrooke Community Centre.
He said: “Posts have been placed on the local community Facebook page and it’s had a fantastic reaction gaining £205 in donations in the first two days.
“I will be offering an aerial property photograph from a drone and selling them to the locals to help pay for the AED and heated security box.
“Jon Salthouse, owner and creative director of Tempo Live, a digital, entertainment and events agency based in London, has kindly offered its services to take the photos and we plan to carry them out around April.
“The target is £1,200 which will pay for the cabinet and the AED. However, further funds will be required over the years to help fund the maintenance and replace used defibrillator pads/battery. Budbrooke community centre has agreed to fund the electricity required.”
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