Lifesaving defibrillator launches at scheme in Thirsk
Residents in Thirsk are now protected against one of the UK’s biggest killers after a lifesaving defibrillator was installed as part of our Hearts & Homes campaign.
The Hearts & Homes campaign is being run in partnership with Hand on Heart, an award-winning charity which campaigns to reduce the number of deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. It has seen more than 120 Housing & Care 21 extra care courts in the UK; including two others in Yorkshire, have a defibrillator installed in a secure cabinet on their outside wall so that they are available for the whole community to use, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The lifesaving devices don’t require training and can be used by anyone to help save somebody’s life if they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest by shocking the heart back into normal rhythm.
Kris Peach, our director of extra care, said: “We are delighted to place this defibrillator in Thirsk.
“Tens of thousands of people die every year in the UK after suffering sudden cardiac arrest and the statistics show using a defibrillator could save many of those lives.
“Thirsk is one of more than 100 communities which will be protected by these lifesaving devices as part of this project, including thousands of our residents and staff and many more thousands who live in the surrounding area.”
Hearts & Homes will see more than 120 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) placed up and down the UK, with Hand on Heart placing a defibrillator at a local school for every ten placed by Housing & Care 21.
An estimated 60,000 people die every year in the UK after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest and using an AED with CPR can increase the chance of someone surviving a from 6% to up to 74%.
Victoria Burrows, Hand on Heart Chief Executive, said: “Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the UK’s biggest killers and every second counts, so having defibrillators in communities available for anyone to use in the event of an emergency is vital.
“The devices are so easy to use and because the one in Thirsk is in an external cabinet it means the whole community will have access to it.
“We are so pleased to launch these lifesaving defibrillators as part of Hearts & Homes and Thirsk is now a safer place as a result.”
Housing & Care 21 is the UK’s leading provider of extra care accommodation, which promotes independent living for older people by providing self-contained, private apartments, with 24 hours support and care services available on site if needed. On-site support services can include meal preparation, personal care and help with shopping, housework and laundry.
In total some 4,300 of the housing and care provider’s properties at its 122 existing schemes will be protected as part of Hearts & Homes, as well as hundreds more new homes at schemes which are currently in development.