Life saving equipment is at the heart of the Llangrannog community

Tivyside Advertiser: Alun Evans BHF Treasurer Cardigan branch, Peter Barker Chair Cardigan branch,  Gari Jones Vice chair Llangrannog Welfare Commitee Alun Evans BHF Treasurer Cardigan branch, Peter Barker Chair Cardigan branch, Gari Jones Vice chair Llangrannog Welfare Commitee

Local fundraisers have joined forces with a local building society so that provide a life-saving piece of equipment for Llangrannog.

The Cardigan British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru branch, together with Llangrannog Welfare Committee have provided match funding for a new life-saving piece of equipment for Llangrannog. The new defibrillator will be placed inside the Pentre Arms a local restaurant/publc house in the centre of Llangrannog and will be accessible to the whole community.

BHF Cymru’s No Time to Wait Appeal has been and continues to raise money to train more people in emergency life-support skills and to place many more life-saving defibrillators in locations across Wales with help from the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Peter Barker who chairs BHF Cymru’s Cardigan branch said: “We are delighted to have been able to raise funding for the No time to wait appeal which has enabled BHF to provide a defibrillator to be placed in the local community as this will definitely help save lives in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest in the town.”

Gari Jones Vice Chair of Llangrannog Welfare committee said “We are delighted to have had help with funding for a defibrillator from the Cardigan BHF Cymru branch. Thank you all so much.”

Jayne Lewis, BHF Cymru’s local Fundraising and Volunteering Manager said: “We would love to hear from more people locally who can come on board with us to really achieve more with this Appeal. With more people in Wales trained in emergency life-support skills and more defibrillators available locally, the chances of resuscitating someone from a cardiac arrest should be greatly improved. Having more defibrillators available locally for these emergencies is crucial to saving more lives. It is also vitally important that people are trained in emergency life-support skills. These are paramount in improving the chances of a cardiac arrest victim until professional help arrives.”

Defibrillators need to be available in areas of greatest risk – areas where there is a high incidence of cardiac arrest and in areas where it is difficult for an ambulance to get there quickly. This is particularly important in Wales, where many people live in rural areas. To donate to the Appeal, text SWLA99 to 70070 to donate £5, or to make a donation by phone, call 02920 382368 quoting ‘There’s No Time To Wait Appeal’.

If you’d like to organise a fundraising event to help raise money to fund equipment for local use, please contact Jayne Lewis BHF Cymru Fundraising Volunteer Manager on 01554 891 500 or lewisja@bhf.org.uk

Money can also be paid in to the local Cardigan branch chairman Pete Barker who can be contacted on 01239 614541. He will also come out to meet and talk to groups who wish to hold a fund raising event in the area.

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