Have a heart, help put defibrillators in town

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If you see a group of people urgently trying to revive a man who has collapsed in the street tomorrow, Saturday, don’t worry.

The Buckingham AED Project will be staging a number of simulated scenes outside Waitrose, in Meadow Walk, to raise funds and awareness for its defibrillator appeal.

The project was founded by a group of Buckingham people who were frustrated that the town does not have an automated external defibrillator (AED) – used to treat sudden cardiac arrest.

Winslow already has a new defibrillator on the wall of the fire station, thanks to the Winslow Lions. It was unveiled last week by Mayor of Winslow David Barry, with representatives of the Lions and South Central Ambulance Service

Anyone who needs to access the defibrillator in an emergency calls 999 and the operator will give them a key code to open the box.

The defibrillator can be used by anyone and gives the operator verbal instructions how to use it.

Adstock has had a public access defibrillator since the beginning of this year, after the parish council had one installed adjacent to the Old Thatched Inn, with the agreement of landlord Andy Judge.

The Buckingham Defibrillator Project aims to raise £7,500 to purchase and install three AEDs in areas of high footfall in Buckingham.

The town council has agreed that the first one can be placed on the outside wall of the community centre.

The group is seeking to place another one on the wall of the British Heart Foundation shop and a third in the foyer of Tesco, London Road.

The group will be staging its ‘cardiac arrest’ scenario and demonstrating the use of a defibrillator outside Waitrose from 8.30am to 1pm tomorrow, Saturday.