Publicly Accessible Defibrillators for Renfrew

Raising funds for a defibrillators in Renfrew

Entire nations watched the harrowing events involving the Danish footballer Christian Eriksen at the European Championships recently. Since then, the interest in Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and defibrillators has piqued the attention of many. As it happens, we had already been working together with the Kirklandneuk Parent Council prior to these events to try and provide the school and the local community with a Publicly Accessible Defibrillator (PADs).

Did you know, there are 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year? Sadly, without good quality CPR and a defibrillator, your chances are survival are less than 10%... just 1 in 10. If we can deliver good CPR and utilise a defibrillator in a timely manner, the chances of survival drastically improve and survival rates are reported to be as high as 70%. Wow!! As many as 7 in 10 people could survive! Speed is the key here, the golden time range for administering that first shock is three to five minutes. Further delay means that the patients chance of survival drops 10% with every passing minute.

As it stands, Renfrew has only ONE solitary defibrillator with 24/7 access and this is located in Knockhill Park and was kindly donated by PJ’s Foods Limited. A town the size of Renfrew, which is continuing to grow, needs more than one with round-the-clock access and we want to change that. Following a few social media posts, the wonderful Arlene Smith (Jack’s mummy) from the charity, Brightest Star, has very kindly agreed to fund a defibrillator for the school and for this we are so grateful…
Thank you Arlene x x

So where does that leave us?
Target 1: Well, next step is to source a suitable cabinet and a training defibrillator to train our teachers and hold some familiarisation sessions for the parents and the local community. We want to do this for free where possible. We estimate this will cost in the region of £1,200.

Target 2: We don’t want to stop at Kirklandneuk. Our vision is to source more PADs and place them strategically in Renfrew to ensure that all our residents stand the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest episode. For every £1,600 over our initial target, we will be able to fund another defibrillator for our community.

One point to add, our original vision was to place a defibrillator in every school in Renfrew and that is still very much our goal. However, our local Councillor has been in touch to update us of an exciting and imminent proposal which may see the council funding defibrillators for all schools in Renfrewshire. We will follow this closely and should we need to will adapt our strategy to suit.
So that’s it Renfrew and we need your help! As we saw live on the football field, the quick response of the medical teams means that Mr Eriksen gets to share more special moments with his family; he has been given the opportunity to see his two little lads become men, something I’m sure he is eternally grateful for.

With your help we can do the same here in Renfrew.

Please share far and wide and if you can, every donation, no matter how small will make get us one step nearer.

Rachael and Michael



Rachael Cosgrove 
Renfrew, UK
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