A wonderful community effort in Brocton means that the local area is now better protected in the event of a cardiac arrest. A public access defibrillator has been installed into the redundant phone box on Sawpit Lane and is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Brocton parish council approached defibrillator charity AEDdonate back in January. The campaign was successfully completed after the local area rallied around to support the efforts. The defibrillator was funded through kind donations from residents within the community, The Parish Council and the following local businesses also helped by displaying collection buckets on their premises: Brocton Post Office; The Chetwynd Arms, Brocton and Francesco Group Hairdressers, Bridle Road. Staffordshire County Councillor John Francis was also happy to help the campaign and said "it has been great to be able to support this project and now have a defibrillator available within the community of Brocton"
AEDdonate Chief Executive Officer Jamie Richards attended the launch and said: "Brocton have worked hard as a community and have shown great dedication in getting the local area equipped with a potentially life-saving machine, we hope other communities take inspiration from this".
The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who got involved including Parish Councillors Mrs L Smith and Mrs B Smith who arranged for collection buckets to be placed at local establishments, thanks also go to Vice-Chairman Julie Perry who has kindly agreed to assume responsibility for the checking of the defibrillator. The Parish Council would also like to thank County Councillor John Francis for his continued support and the Parish Chairman Robin Bates, who has worked on repairing the damage that was done to the phone kiosk and defibrillator case in September, as well as ensuring the kiosk is clean and tidy.
The defibrillator can be accessed by calling 999 and stating the box code to the ambulance service.
Pictured is Staffordshire County Councillor John Francis who was invited to formally launch the new defibrillator in Brocton.