Thanks to the dedication of parish based community groups who have fundraised and applied for various grants, the Parish Council now has two new defibrillators in the Parish. The Gobowen Cabinet and Defibrillator was installed in January and was kindly funded by:
- The British Heart Foundation
- Three Parishes Big Local
- STAR Housing
- The Co-op and its members and customers
The defibrillator is owned by the Parish Council and is for the benefit of the local community and anyone who may be visiting the village. The defibrillator is in an UNLOCKED cabinet so can be accessed 24/7.
Lucy Crane, Area Manager for the Co-op, said: “As a community retailer the Co-op is committed to making a difference locally and is delighted to have been able to support this appeal – we would like to thank our colleagues, Members and customers locally for helping to raise vital funds and contributing towards the cost of installing this life saving equipment in our community.”
Amy Jones, Parish Clerk, commented, “As well as it being a condition of the British Heart Foundation Grant, it is very important to train as many people as possible to use the Defibrillator, should a situation arise where it is required to help save someone’s life”.
The Parish Council has, therefore, arranged a training session (Defibrillator Awareness Course) which is organised in conjunction with the Oswestry Cambrian Rotary Club and will be delivered by a Heart Start Tutor and Community First Responder. The Course will take place on:
Saturday 14th April at 11am in Gobowen Pavilion
The session will last approximately 2 hours and there is no charge to attend. The trainers just ask for donations to support the life-saving work they do.
Mike Lade of Oswestry Cambrian Rotary Club, commented, “This training is part of a community project that has been running around 3 years now to train as many people as possible, from Oswestry and surrounding areas, in CPR and using a Defibrillator. To date, in excess of 200 people have been trained. The biggest fear that people have is that they are going to hurt somebody by using the defibrillator. This is not the case. You can do no harm but you can save a life”.
If you would like to book a place on the course, please email / call the Parish Clerk:
T: 01691 829571
Attendees are asked to wear suitable, comfortable clothing to the training.