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Tenth public defibrillator installed in Southwater

Date: 29 September 2021

Saxon Weald and Southwater Community First Responders charity recently celebrated the installation of yet another public defibrillator in Southwater. Situated outside Saxon Weald retirement scheme, Gardener House, the latest piece of life saving equipment takes the total in the local area to 10.

Tenth public defibrillator installed in Southwater

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation and is an essential part of trying to save someone’s life.


The request to install the defibrillator at Gardener House came from Southwater Community First Responders charity, who are working hard to get as many defibrillators installed in the Southwater area as possible. However, finding suitable locations has been challenging for them.


Thanks to funding from Southwater Community First Responders charity, the defibrillator and cabinet were supplied free of charge and installed by Saxon Weald. Simon Francis, a Community First Responder (CFR) volunteer, runs a company called Trimbio, who provided the defibrillator and cabinet, and carries out three monthly maintenance checks on all units in the local area.


Saxon Weald Chief Executive, Steven Dennis, said:

“Defibrillators are a vital part of saving an individual’s life. At Saxon Weald, we pride ourselves on supporting not only our customers, but the local community too, so we’re proud that Gardener House can be of help.”


Pauline Flores-Moore, Chairperson of Southwater Community First Responders charity, added:

“The charity is starting a ‘Go Sober for October’ crowd funding page to raise money for five more defibrillators for the Southwater Parish.” 


A link to the crowd funding page can be found below:

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