Broughton Parish Room now has its own public access defibrillator to safeguard the lives of adults and children in the local community. This was purchased through a scheme run by the British Heart Foundation and paid for with a grant from Staffordshire County Council Local Community Fund supported by Eccleshall Councillor Frank Chapman and other money raised by Broughton Women’s Institute along with donations from local residents.
The iPAD SP1, which stands for Intelligent Public Access Defibrillator, is designed to be used by minimally trained people, using a series of voice prompts and illuminated illustrations to guide a rescuer through what to do step by step until medical help arrives.
Michelle Justice, a member of the Broughton WI was the driving force behind the fundraising after attending a training session last year when nearby Eccleshall launched their Defibrillator situated at the George Pub.
Michell told the Gazette said “I thought it would be a great idea to get a Defibrillator for Broughton, for minimal cost it could save the life of a friend or neighbour. I contacted West Midlands Ambulance Service and they helped me to apply for the funding and even provided free HeartStart training to give people the confidence to try to save a life”
The defibrillator was mounted outside Broughton Parish Rooms on Monday 24th February and added to the 999 service register so even if a person is not familiar with the area they would be told about the defibrillator.