Facebook chat leads to lifesaver for Lawley
A Facebook post about the importance of people acting quickly to help victims of a cardiac arrest has led to the installation by a parish council of a public defibrillator in a Shropshire shopping centre.
It has also raised concerns from the county’s leading medical supplier about the lack of such lifesaving devices across Shropshire.
SP Services MD Steve Bray, who supplies medical equipment to the NHS and across the world from his Telford business, has stepped in to heavily subsidise the cost of machines to councils and community organisations in the county.
He said it was important that defibrillators must be available to the general public 24 hours a day so that everyone can use them in an emergency.
Community First Responder Nick Freeman, who made the Facebook post on Lawley and Overdale’s community page, said: “Defibrillators save lives and we need more of them.”
He was invited to speak to parish councillors who voted to fund the portable lifesaving device which gives a diagnosis and restarts the heart, if necessary.
“I was shocked at how few public access defibrillators there are in Shropshire,” said Steve Bray, who lives in Lawley, Telford, and has offered free training for the easy to use devices.
“We are one of the largest UK suppliers of defibrillators so it is only right that we do something to help rectify this potentially life threatening situation,” added Steve, who regularly sends free medical supplies to support major disaster and relief projects across the world.
Parish Council clerk Sharon George said Nick’s comments on Lawley and Overdale’s Facebook page had generated a lot of comments in the parish with a growing population of 5,800 and 1,700 more new homes being built.
“We invited Nick to talk to us to see if we as a parish council could help and we decided we definitely needed one.
“We believe there are only four public ones in Telford available 24 hours a day.”
She said that they supported plans to raise both funds and public awareness for more local devices at the Summer Event on the Village Green on Saturday, June 24, where Nick would have a stall.
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Picture caption: Lawley and Overdale parish councillors and community first responders cheer the arrival of a public defibrillator in West Centre Way, Lawley, Telford. L to r: First responder Paul Wood, parish councillors Darren Blackburn, Rob Parker, first responder Nick Freeman, Bill Gilmore, and SP Services MD Steve Bray with parish council chair Jayne Greenaway.