We're proud to announce the provision of a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) at our TC Harrison FordStore on Pride Park in Derby. Thanks to a British Heart Foundation (BHF) award using £1m funding released by the Department of Health.
While working with Sophie Jardine, local Derby BHF fundraising manager during their 'Bag it. Beat it' campaign, the team at our TC Harrison Ford dealership were made aware of the available funding. As TCH was one of the first businesses to open at Pride Park and we're one of the most familiar businesses in the area, Mark Creed, TCH Group Health and Safety Manager thought our dealership would be ideally suited as a location for a public use defibrillator.
Mark commented “We are delighted to work with the British Heart Foundation in providing this potential life-saving equipment at our Pride Park dealership, helping with their mission of establishing a nation of life-savers”.
The defibrillator is located at the dealership boundary, opposite the showroom entrance and mounted on a lamp post available for if someone ever suffers a cardiac arrest. We're also committing to facilitating CPR training, for staff, customers, the general public and local businesses in the Derby area - with dates to be announced soon.
It’s really important that people in Pride Park, Derby know of the defibrillator availability and the vital life-saving steps to help someone in suffering a cardiac arrest. When someones heart stops pumping blood around the body, with every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, the chances of survival decrease by around 10% cent.
Las Baynton, BHF Ambassador, said “More than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year but less than one in ten survive. More people could be saved if more defibrillators were available in public places and if more people felt confident using them and performing CPR. We are delighted that TC Harrison Ford has made a defibrillator available at their Pride Park dealership. It really could make the difference between life and death for somebody.”
James Hornby, EMAS Resuscitation Trainer, provided an excellent defibrillator and CPR workshop, we just hope we never have cause to practice the training.