Left to right: Gerard Rothwell from the Welsh Ambulance Service, RW Bro Stephen Hookey, W Bros Tudor Thomas & Eryl Thomas
The town of Haverfordwest is the latest community to receive a lifesaving defibrillator thanks to funding raised by the Haverfordwest Freemasons and match funding from British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru as part of the BHF's Nation of Lifesavers package. The defibrillator is placed outside the Masonic Hall in Haverfordwest, allowing continuous access in the event of an emergency.
The BHF Nation of Lifesavers package allows people be to taught vital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills and provides public access
defibrillators (PADs) where they are needed most. Tudor Thomas said "We are delighted that there is now a defibrillator located in the heart of the town. I would like to thank the Haverfordwest Freemasons for all their generosity, help and support in raising vital funds for this piece of life saving
equipment. The local community were also trained by the Welsh Ambulance Service on Emergency Life Skills which will involve CPR and defibrillator training.
Jayne Lewis, BHF Cymru's Local Fundraising Manager said: "Today, if you suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital in the UK, you have less than a one in ten chance of surviving. We are leading the fight to change this and create a Nation of Lifesavers. We are working to support the placement of lifesaving defibrillators in areas of need within the local community. With more people in Wales trained in emergency life-support skills and more defibrillators available locally, the chances of resuscitating someone from a cardiac arrest should be greatly improved. Having more defibrillators available locally for these emergencies is crucial to saving more lives." Heart and circulatory disease is Wales' single biggest killer. Across Wales thousands of people are already helping us to fight for every heart beat as fundraisers and volunteers.
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