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News - 30th March 2017

Penrhyn parkrun wins life saving defibrillator for local community

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Penrhyn parkrun are the lucky winners of a defibrillator donated by the Welsh Ambulance Service. Whilst we hope we never need it, having access to a defib can be vital whilst an Ambulance is dispatched.

 

During February the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust invited local communities across Wales to take part in #defibuary for the chance to win a defibrillator for their local community.

 

By asking participants to take selfies with public access defibrillators in their area, the campaign raised awareness about the location of the defibrillators and helped the Welsh Ambulance Service increase their database of defibrillator locations across Wales.

 

Penrhyn parkrunners took a whopping 112 selfies in Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey counties and added more than 40 new defibrillator locations to the ambulance database.

 

We were surprised at the places we found defibs – from fire & police stations, supermarkets and leisure centres, to pubs and secondary schools. We had great fun finding them – we incorporated the search into our midweek runs and made it a half term hunt for the kids! Our junior parkrunners really got involved – dressing up as defib heroes and making a little quiz show.  We had some funny moments where we were asked for ID – I suppose it was an odd request for a selfie!

 

We will receive familiarisation support on how to operate a defib, but they are very straight forward to use – the 999 operator will help you and the defib is automated so it talks you through what to do. Anyone can use one and there’s no fear of hurting someone – the defib won’t issue a shock if it reads the heartbeat and assesses it isn’t required.

 

Our defib will be located at Penrhyn Castle in collaboration with the National Trust.

 

For more information about how to apply for a Public Accesss Defibrillator in Wales visit www.ambulance.wales.nhs.uk

 

Hayley Macdonald-Jones
Penrhyn parkrun

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