Cornwall Council recognises the work of communities, such as ours, and as early adopters of developing a community plan we have been rewarded with a grant of £500 from them which can be used towards helping the community. Following discussions with the group, it was agreed that a real asset to the Parish would be having a defibrillator located somewhere central to the village.
With a successful application to the British Heart Foundation, a public defibrillator unit and cabinet are now up in place at the Trispen Post Office and Stores. Defibrillation is one crucial stage in a sequence of events that need to occur for the resuscitation of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Having a defibrillator located in the community can help with survival rates in the crucial early stages and before the paramedics arrive on the scene. Mr & Mrs Matthews at Trispen Stores have kindly sponsored £300.00 towards the cost of this and agreed for the unit to be located on the wall of the village shop and will be picking up the ongoing electricity costs for the unit as their own personal contribution to this local initiative. This is a very kind gesture and very much appreciated.
The group will be offering local people to come forward and undertake some training on using the defibrillator and CPR.