Public Access Defibrillators campaign 'Honiton Has a Heart' supported by Devon Freewheelers aims to purchase five of the life saving devices for the community.
Several engagement events raising awareness of the need for the devices gives all walks of life the opportunity for some free training, thanks to the support from South Western Ambulance Service Community Responder Manager Rob Horton who has loaned a training unit to the charity.
The 'Honiton Has A Heart' campaign is the brainchild of Cllr Caroline Kolek of Honiton Town Council, Dr Janet Ward, Devon Freewheelers Chief Executive Daniel Lavery, and Jon Leisk of the Honiton Town Youth Football Club. The aim is to raise enough funds to purchase at least five public access defibrillators through South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, who will install, maintain and control the access of the device through their 999 response desk.
Several community engagement events have been organised along with free trainning to any member of the public who would like to practice CPR with the use of the fully automated electronic defibrillator (AED). Daniel says: 'we'll happily train anyone who would like to come along to the Devon Freewheelers Hub at Lace Walk Car Park from 7pm to 9pm on June 6th, July 4th and August 8th 2018.
To make a donation please make cheques payable to 'Honiton Town Council' marking the rear of the cheque 'Honiton has a heart campaign' and drop them into the Beehive.
Consent for use of photo granted. Pictured: Nigel Chard, aged 10 from Hontion Primary School proves anyone can make a difference.