A BUSINESS in Weston-super-Mare has ordered three defibrillators after a discussion with a group that highlights the importance of publicly accessible machines in the community.

On Thursday, June 13, the Donate For Defib WsM Project Team had the pleasure of running a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) / use of Defibrillator training session for the staff at Howards Motor Group in Weston-super-Mare.

Josh Bell, co-leading partner of the Donate For Defib WsM Project, had recently visited Howard's showroom to purchase a new car.

While doing so, the conversation arose regarding the project and the importance of having publicly accessible defibrillators in the community.

Howards have three publicly accessible defibrillators on their sites following the discussion with Josh ordered three further defibrillator cabinets for their sites in Somerset to make their defibrillators publicly accessible.

The session was a mixture of discussion, a PowerPoint Presentation, and an interactive video presentation from the Resuscitation Council UK with a question and answer session run by Josh Bell and Professor Graham Stuart and this was followed by a practical session for the group to practise CPR and the use of a defibrillator.

Josh said: "Dallas from Dakota Group gave the group a talk on the need for bleed kits to be accessible for the public to use in the event of an emergency and a practical session on the use of bleed kits assisted by Malcolm Bowen from M De C B Medical.

"It was a very enjoyable session and a very big thank you to Howards Motor Group for the warm welcome they gave the team along with the very kind thank you letter we received.

"We hope to be providing further training sessions for their staff soon."

The Donate for Defib project team Josh Bell co-leading partner, Christina Chell (Grants & Sponsorship Representative, Education & Awareness lead & Project Secretary), Professor Graham Stuart, Project Clinical lead ambassador and Peter Elston (Corporate Project lead ambassador, Project Professional Photographer & Project Ideas) attended the session alongside Dallas from Dakota Group, Malcolm Bowen M De C B Medical and Lisa Warrington from Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.