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Fundraising for Heartstart and AED Training

2014-12-23 16:17:35
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By 739 Sqn Website - 739 (Scarborough) Squadron

Cadets and Staff from 739 Scarborough Squadron; Air Training Corps recently held two events to help raise funds for vital Emergency Life Skills training equipment to teach cadets both St John Youth First Aid, British Heart Foundation Heartstart and also training in the use of Automatic External Defibrillators.

A Christmas fair was held at St Marks Church on Coldyhill Lane raising £158 and then a further bag packing event at Morrisons Supermarket as well as a tombola which raised £955.19. We would like to again thank Mr Steve Todd and his staff at Morrisons for again allowing us the chance to raise these funds to provide expensive training equipment which would otherwise be beyond our funds.

This has enabled us to purchase our first AED training unit which cost nearly £400 and we have so far trained 26 out of our current 38 cadets and staff in its use. We also currently have on long term loan two “little Annie” training manikins from the British Heart Foundation. Our long term aim is to provide training in groups of 12 which will require 6 manikins and 6 training units as well as ongoing consumable costs.

 

Flight Lieutenant Steven Lewis, the Squadrons Commanding Officer said “Emergency Life Skills are now mandatory training for all new cadets and staff; Heartstart must be offered to new starters within 3 months and First Aid within 18 months. We decided that in order to do this we needed to make the significant investment in ELS training equipment.

Studies have shown that early access to defibrillation when a person suffers a Sudden Cardiac Arrest can improve their chances of survival by more than 50% and by ensuring people know how to use these devices effectively and do correct CPR we are providing a valuable community service.

In order to train groups of 12 – the maximum group size allowable – we need to invest in equipment which will cost in excess of £4,000. Our ultimate ambition is to open up the training both in Heartstart and AED to the general public as well and to enable a publically accessible live AED to be located at our HQ. We have applied to the Mayoress Fund for this and also the Police Crime Commissioners Community Fund to assist with this but donations from anyone will also be appreciated. If you are a tax payer we can also claim Gift Aid on your donation adding an extra 25p in the pound.”

Anyone wishing to donate or find out more about why we are doing this should look on our website or contact us directly on oc.739@aircadets.org or 01723 381110.

For more information please visit the Squadron website

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