BUS STOP CAFE RECEIVES DEFIBRILLATOR THANKS TO LOCAL DONATIONS

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Good Skills Training – I.O.W & Hampshire have been working in partnership with Steve Read of Isle of Wight Defibrillators to raise funds for new defibrillators to be installed across the Isle of Wight.

This first unit, costing £749.00, has been donated to The Bus Stop Café at Hollier’s Farm near Apse Heath. The cost has this has been met thanks to public donations with the final amount being gifted by Good Skills Training.

Steve Read has shared his own thoughts on the importance of having access to defibrillators on the Island:

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“If it had not been for the public defibrillator on the church wall in Regent Street Shanklin, then chances are I wouldn’t be here today. I have a second chance and I cannot stress how important these life saving pieces of equipment are to all communities.”

Barry Grant from Good Skills Training here on the Isle of Wight adds:

“The importance of a defibrillator is they make a difference using these statistics – CPR alone 5% survival rate, CPR and AED 50% survival rate, AED within 5 minutes 74% Survival rate. We also firmly believe in giving back to the community we live in and this is the first of many defibrillators we hope to donate.”

A new partnership between Isle of Wight Defibrillators and Good Skills Training I.O.W & Hampshire looks to raise funds for more AED’s to be installed across the Isle of Wight and work towards increasing the awareness of this vital life saving equipment.

Barry Grant and Larry Martin of Good Skills Training run regular free ‘Saving Lives’ sessions teaching people how to use a defibrillator.

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Barry said:

“The reason we are working with Steve and IOW defibrillators is we both share the same passion and ethos about making defibrillators more accessible to the local communities we live in.  Steve is also an inspirational person and we knew it would be the right fit to work together.”

For information on the free training courses or to find out how to get involved, contact the team at [email protected].

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