Life-saving equipment installed at crematorium

PUBLISHED: 17:17 15 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:06 16 May 2019

Weston Crematorium manager Laura Williams with BHF fundraiser Isabell Ware aged seven-years, BHF volunteer Valerie Collins and Weston BHF store manager Gareth Potter with the defibrillator which has been installed at Weston Crematorium.      Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Weston Crematorium manager Laura Williams with BHF fundraiser Isabell Ware aged seven-years, BHF volunteer Valerie Collins and Weston BHF store manager Gareth Potter with the defibrillator which has been installed at Weston Crematorium. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Archant

Equipment which could save the lives of mourners attending funerals has been installed.

Dignity, which operates Weston Crematorium on behalf of North Somerset Council, has raised funds for a defibrillator through its charity partner, British Heart Foundation.

Public access defibrillators can be used by anyone in an emergency but staff at the crematorium, in Worle, have also been trained to use it.

Crematorium manager, Laura Williams, said: "Every minute without CPR or defibrillation reduces a person's chance of surviving a cardiac arrest by around 10 per cent. We will always call an ambulance but wanted to do everything we possibly can to provide immediate help."

Donna Stokes of British Heart Foundation added: "We thank Dignity for their commitment to the community and the money they have raised to fund life-saving research which helps keep more families together."


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Weston Mercury. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Weston Mercury