Defibrillators in the Parish

Thanks to the dedication of parish based community groups who have fundraised and applied for various grants, we will shortly have two new defibrillators in the Parish. Selattyn’s has now been installed in the Red Telephone Kiosk in Selattyn and the one in Gobowen will be installed in December, on the Post Office Wall. Both Defibrillators will belong to the Parish Council and are their ongoing responsibility, in regards to maintenance. Please report any issues to the Parish Clerk.

Thank you to the following organisations who have kindly funded the Gobowen Defibrillator and Cabinet:

  • British Heart Foundation
  • Three Parishes Big Local
  • STAR Housing
  • Co-Op (Gobowen)

Once the Defibrillator has been installed in Gobowen, the Parish Council will run a number of training sessions in the Pavilion to demonstrate how to use the AED in an emergency. Details of these sessions will be shared in the Spring edition and posted on the Parish Council website, Facebook and Twitter.

Report from Selattyn Community Defibrillator Group

On Wednesday 21st June this year, a public meeting was held at the local school to discuss the possibility of raising funds to purchase a defibrillator for Selattyn. From a very well attended meeting, a committee of eight people was formed.

Donations from local people started to be received immediately, and we were overwhelmed by the support. Our first fundraiser was a coffee morning held in St Mary’s church, where a great variety of stalls raised the grand sum of £280.

On the same day, Selattyn C of E School PTA presented us with £154-10 raised by buying squares on a big red heart – great idea! Also David and Judy Lloyd raised £120 from organising an evening visit to the Stonehouse Brewery at Weston.

The Promises Auction was held in the Cross Keys on 10th September (thank you David and Judy). The room was packed; our auctioneer, Dyfed, was brilliant. Bidding was quite frenzied at times, some items so sought after, they were bought by proxy. It was great fun and raised a staggering £1375. Our treasurer was certainly kept busy that night. We are very grateful to everyone who donated and purchased the 38 lots.

Our fundraising efforts, together with generous donations from the community, have given us sufficient funds to pay for the defibrillator and cabinet which are now installed in the telephone kiosk in Selattyn village. Defibrillator signs will be put in place and the kiosk given a fresh coat of red paint. A number of local tradesmen have generously given their time to help with these jobs and we are again very grateful. In addition, we want to thank the Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council who have taken over responsibility for future maintenance and insurance of the defibrillator.

We plan to retain a contingency fund in case of unforeseen future expenses, but due to the totally unexpected generosity of local businesses and charities, we have surplus funds available to donate to other heart related organisations. The groups we have chosen to support are:

The British Heart Foundation                                                                    £150

Sudden Adult Death Syndrome UK (SADS)                                           £100

Shropshire Ambulance First Emergency Responders(SAFER)          £300

The Lullaby Trust (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)                             £100

Hengoed Community Defibrillator Fund                                                  £350

The Hengoed donation will be made once their group committee is formed.

Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has supported the Selattyn Community Group in this project.

With the help of the First Responders who gave us our initial training, we plan to hold another CPR and Defibrillator Training evening in Selattyn C of E School sometime in January. Further information will be made available soon. Everyone interested is welcome.