Council to protect villagers from heart attacks

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 August 2012




A NEW fundraising campaign has been launched to help keep people in Yatton and Claverham safe – even in the event of a heart attack.

Cardiac arrests claim 250 lives a day in the UK, killing more people than either lung cancer or breast cancer.

However, defibrillation within three minutes of the arrest can boost survival chances from just five per cent to more than 70 per cent.

That is why Yatton Parish Council is running a £6,000 drive to buy three communal defibrillators to dot around the area.

The authority has kick-started the appeal with a £1,000 contribution, and is appealing for others to support the cause.

A council spokesman said: “The council hopes to raise enough money to provide three defibrillators, one in the centre of Yatton, one near Horsecastle and one in Claverham.

“Local businesses and voluntary organisations are being asked for thei support, although individuals can contribute as well.

“Automated external defibrillators are available for use by any member of the public and no training is required.”

Donations can be sent to the parish council at Yatton Library, High Street, Yatton, BS49 4HJ.

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