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Thorley Community Centre gets a defibrillator

Another potentially life-saving piece of equipment has been donated to the community in Bishop’s Stortford.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) has been set up at the Thorley Community Centre in Friedberg Avenue, Thorley Park.

This is the latest AED to be donated by the Herts and Essex Community Charity, which has provided dozens of defibrillators to local schools, community hubs and sports centres.

Defibrillator training at Thorley Community Centre. Picture by SADS UK (9602288)
Defibrillator training at Thorley Community Centre. Picture by SADS UK (9602288)

The charity is run by Linda Ketteridge, of Havers Lane, who set it up with Malcolm Allen.

A defibrillator gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest – a condition that strikes around 140,000 times a year in the UK.

When a person suffers cardiac arrest, every minute that they do not receive CPR and defibrillation reduces their survival rate by up to 10%. Without any immediate treatment, 90-95% of cardiac arrests are fatal. However, if a defibrillator is used within three to five minutes of arrest, survival rates rise to 74% on average.

Linda’s efforts with the Herts and Essex Community Charity have been praised by SADS UK, a charity set up to prevent loss of life from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS).

Anne Jolly MBE, founder of the charity, said: “The charity is pleased that Thorley Community Centre will now benefit from having a defibrillator to restart the heart if there is a cardiac arrest on the premises.”

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