Following an incident when a well respected village resident suffered a cardiac arrest, now thankfully recovered, the benefits of having a defibrillator close at hand became very obvious. Friends and family took part in a sponsored run known as The Gibbet Run , a 10K run to Combe Gibbet, on 28th June and raised an amazing £1570 towards the fund. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) decided to donate half of the Boxford Open Gardens takings – £800 – making a total of £2370 – an amazing amount for one weekend. At an open village meeting on Monday 29th June, Paul Kilding Chairman of the Parish Council (PC) chaired the meeting but invited comments from all present since they had been instrumental in raising the money.
After a very positive discussion with inputs from two doctors and a Community First Responder, it was agreed that the Parish Council would order a defibrillator with a cabinet, which would be located in the church porch, available to all 24/7. The PCC will be responsible for the installation and checking the equipment is in working order with the PC responsible for capital costs and maintenance. The defibrillator would be ordered via the South Central Ambulance Service so that it was compatible with their equipment.
The defibrillator is kept in a coded locked cabinet but in the event of a 999 call, the operator will be able to tell the caller the code to access the defibrillator in the cabinet. Once open easy to follow instructions are given by voice. The UK Resuscitation Council approve anyone using the Automated External Defibrillator as training is not required because they are so safe and easy to use.
However it was pointed out that training in resuscitation, not necessarily first aid, was needed to gain time for patients waiting for an ambulance or the defibrillator. Any balance from the fundraising would be put towards training although donations would be appreciated.
Trained people willing to attend in the event of a cardiac arrest are now being sought within the parish. The Clerk to the Parish Council is compiling a list of all those who are interested.