A new Community Access Defibrillator has recently been installed at Medard House in Barnstaple, thanks to a community fundraising effort coordinated by members of North Devon Homes’ Independent Living Team.
The Community Access Defibrillator is located on an external wall outside the Medard House office, and is available to help treat anyone nearby suffering from emergency heart conditions, such as cardiac arrest. This is an asset for the benefit of both the people who live at Medard House, and also the wider local community and general public. The defibrillator has been accredited by the South West Ambulance Service, which means that it is registered on the South West Ambulance Service system as a source of immediate life saving care equipment in emergency situations.
Members of North Devon Homes Independent Living Team led a fundraising campaign to make the installation of the new defibrillator equipment possible. They successfully applied for a grant from the British Heart Foundation, meaning that the machine, usually priced at £1,000 could be purchased for £600. Barnstaple Round Table kindly donated £504 to install a heated cabinet for the machine to be housed in, which was kindly fitted free of charge by James Electrics. Generous donations were also received from Alexander Social Club for £300 and Sticklepath School Bingo Club for £500. Further funds that have been raised through events such as table top sales and customer donations, will be used to maintain the life saving equipment and purchase replacement pads in the event of the machine being used.
North Devon Homes Independent Living Manager, Bill Allen, said “As a local housing charity we are committed to having a positive impact on the communities in which we work. We are delighted that we have been able to assist in making the Barnstaple neighbourhood a safer place by providing a location for the installation of this potentially lifesaving equipment. It was great to see the community come together to fundraise and achieve such a fantastic result – a big thank you to everyone who was involved”.