Retail association in Bawtry buys life saving equipment

Front L to R:  Paula Wigglesworth, Crown Hotel Bawtry; Emma Gosling British Heart Foundation;  Natalie Sutherland from MechFS;'Emma Scott Community Defibrillator Officer from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust; Brian Swift British Heart Foundation and Rebecca Dickenson Bawtry Retail Association accompanied by staff from the Crown Hotel Bawtry and members of the Bawtry Retail Association.

Front L to R: Paula Wigglesworth, Crown Hotel Bawtry; Emma Gosling British Heart Foundation; Natalie Sutherland from MechFS;'Emma Scott Community Defibrillator Officer from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust; Brian Swift British Heart Foundation and Rebecca Dickenson Bawtry Retail Association accompanied by staff from the Crown Hotel Bawtry and members of the Bawtry Retail Association.

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A retail association in Bawtry has used funds donated at a recent event to purchase life saving equipment.

The St Leger Preview dinner, held at the Crown Hotel, received a donation from Paul and Natalie Sutherland from MechFS through its charity auction and decided to purchase Bawtry’s first public access defibrillator to aid people who have a cardiac arrest. “Our warmest thanks go to Paul and Natalie which has allowed us to install this vital piece of equipment in the Crown Hotel and which could help to save lives” said Rebecca Dickenson Chair Bawtry Retail Association.

Whilst training is not necessary to use the defibrillator, members of Bawtry Retail Association, staff from the Crown Hotel and members of the Bawtry and Doncaster British Heart Foundation received familiarisation guidance from Emma Scott Community Defibrillator Officer from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Brian Swift Chair Bawtry branch British Heart Foundation commented, “Emma has helped us to further understand just how vital this equipment is and shared useful knowledge with us so that we can provide support should the need arise. We also extend our sincere thanks to Paul and Natalie for raising awareness and enabling Bawtry to become owners of a public access defibrillator. For every minute without CPR after a cardiac arrest a person’s chances of survival are decreased by 10 percent. We hope we never have to use it in Bawtry but these statistics show just how important this investment is and what a difference it could make.”

Further discussions are now taking place with Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust to establish a First Responder scheme in Bawtry.