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Life-saving device installed at the Outwoods

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"The open space has thousands of visitors each year, so it is vital that the defibrillator has been installed in case of an emergency."

A open space in Loughborough has had a life-saving defibrillator (AED) installed.

The defibrillator is now available for use and is accessible to anyone, including visitors, staff and volunteers in the event of a cardiac emergency.

The defibrillator has been installed on the side of Olivia’s Café based at the visitor centre at the Outwoods.

Matthew Bradford, the Council’s head of contracts for leisure, waste and environment said: “I am really pleased to see this important piece of life-saving equipment installed at the Outwoods.

“The open space has thousands of visitors each year, so it is vital that the defibrillator has been installed in case of an emergency.

“I would like to thank the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust in their support in having this defibrillator installed.”

Charnwood Borough Council has worked in partnership with Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT) to install the equipment at the Outwoods in Loughborough.

The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust will offer free training on how to use the defibrillator to staff members at Olivia’s Café and to rangers and volunteers at the Outwoods.

The equipment will be available to use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Charles Poole, Joe Humphries Memorial Trust, said: “With the Outwoods being such a popular destination for people of all ages to enjoy the many different routes and walks in the ancient woodland including the added attraction of a new visitor centre and café and children’s play area, it also provides an ideal location to place a Public Accessible Defibrillator.

“After all a sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime, any age and without any warning. Whether at home, at work, at leisure or playing sport.

“Every minute without prompt CPR and access to an AED, the chance of survival decreases by 10%. That's why it's so vitally important to have this lifesaving equipment readily available 24/7 across all communities and for a bystander to act immediately and without hesitation before the emergency services arrive.” 

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