An Island resident who is alive today thanks to early Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation has shown their gratitude by anonymously donating a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) to the Isle of Wight NHS Ambulance Service community defibrillator scheme.
Martin Bullock and Phillip Gilbraith of The Boathouse in Seaview are now the proud guardians of the new PAD, which will provide the public with access to this life saving equipment 24 hours a day.
On behalf of The Boathouse, Martin and Phillip have said:
“We are delighted to have the defibrillator here at The Boathouse. We feel it is a great asset as it’s next to the park, the beach and the walkway.
“The defibrillator was donated by an anonymous person who was saved by a defib. He has requested the defib be located in the Seaview area, which we are of course happy to facilitate”.
Louise Walker, Head of Isle of Wight Ambulance Training & Community Response Services (ATCoRS) has said:
“It always amazes me just how strong the human race can be. It is very humbling to receive phone calls from people who have survived a cardiac arrest and then want to ‘give something back’.
“It’s quite incredible to think that an individual and their loved ones who have undoubtedly gone through so much want to make a difference to someone else. We really are so grateful for this”.
“We are also very thankful to Martin and Phillip for housing the PAD and become our site guardians”.