Update April 2016
The first Parish Council defibrillator has been installed outside Reawla Stores, a big thank you to all those who helped us get our first defib up!
If you have an emergency you should call 999 and the operator will assess whether a defibrillator is required and will direct you to your nearest one or ensure it is brought to you.
The Parish Council is now looking at other sites and should have defibs in both primary schools, Carnhell Green Village and Gwithian Village very soon.
Update February 2016
The Parish Council has been awarded £10,000 funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund towards our project for defibrillators. We are delighted to receive this grant which will enable us to buy a number of defibrillators which will be installed right across the Parish. It will also enable us to train up any volunteers who would like to help in an emergency.
We already have a small number of volunteers but we really need more, particularly in more isolated areas such as Roseworthy, Gwithian, Gwinear and Upton Towans. The aim is to get at least 5 volunteers within 10 minutes of each defibrillator.
We are hoping to put defibs in all of the following locations:-
- Gwithian Towans/Beach area
- Gwithian Village
- Upton Towans
- Connor Downs
- Gwinear village
- Carnhell Green village
We will also be talking to both of our Primary Schools to ensure they don’t miss out on this vital piece of life saving equipment.
We will need to raise further funds to maintain the defibs but we will hopefully do this with donation boxes located near to them.
Volunteers will be trained on how to use the equipment and what to do in the case of an emergency they will be covered under the Parish Council’s insurance and their contact details will be made available to the Ambulance Service as well as having them with the defib if required.
If you are interested in going on our register as a volunteer or just want some more information about becoming a volunteer for this project please contact the Clerk and keep an eye out for the defibs which should be installed across the Parish in the next couple of months.
We would also like to say congratulations to the Connor Downs Resident Association (CDRA) for raising money and installing the first ever community defibrillator in the Parish at Turnpike Inn, Connor Downs and for raising enough money possibly for a second defib for the village! The whole community in Connor Downs has worked really hard to achieve this. Click the following link to see more about the CDRA project – www.cornishman.co.uk/Connor-Downs-latest-town-receive-public-access/story
You can see info on the grant at biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding
Defibrillator project – December 2015
The Parish Council is keen to provide life saving defibrillators across the Parish. As recommended by a local charity residents should be within 10 minutes walking distance of a defibrillator for it to make a difference to chances of survival.
We are currently trying to raise money for this project and are applying for grants.
Other groups and organisations have already pledged help, a big thanks to Gwinear Farmers for their financial contribution and to the Connor Downs Resident Association for agreeing to fund raise for a defib in Connor Downs. Their first defib was installed late last year (2015) outside the Turnpike Inn.
Thank you to the local resident who lives in Connor Downs who has also pledged money and to the residents who have volunteered for training so far.
So how can you help? If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like to help to raise money please contact the Parish Council for more information.
The Parish Council are about to purchase their first defib which we hope will be placed in the centre of Reawla.
More information on defibs can be found at the ronnierichardsmemorialcharity.org