New defibrilator could save lives

SAVING LIVES: Hospice fundraiser Anne Gladwin with Karl Burns of EDF Energy Renewables
SAVING LIVES: Hospice fundraiser Anne Gladwin with Karl Burns of EDF Energy Renewables

AN energy company has helped a Hartlepool charity to buy equipment which will save lives.

Hartlepool & District Hospice successfully applied for £958 from a community benefit fund set up by EDF Energy Renewables. The hospice put the money towards an automated external defibrillator (AED).

It will be based on site to treat patients, visitors and nearby residents should they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.

Hospice chief executive Tracy Woodall said: “We have debated for many years about the appropriateness of an AED in the hospice as many people pass through our doors: patients, visitors, staff and other professionals. It is essential that if someone suffers a cardiac arrest we are able to provide swift intervention with an AED.

“Having an AED at the hospice could save a life. That’s why we are so grateful for the support of EDF Energy Renewables; without it we would have been unable to purchase the defibrillator.”

More than 70 staff and 200 volunteers work for the hospice, which provides free specialist palliative and end-of-life care for adult patients in Hartlepool and East Durham. It costs £2.3m a year to run it but only 24 per cent is funded by Government grants. The rest comes from fundraising initiatives or donations from individuals and organisations.

Mark Halliday, operations and maintenance manager for the wind farm, said: “The hospice provides a vital service within the local community and we are happy to support it through the community benefit fund.”

“Having a defibrillator on site at the hospice could make a real difference to someone in urgent need of help and those providing it and for that reason alone it has been money well spent.”

EDF Energy Renewables has supported more than 40 local projects through the fund, which was launched last year in partnership with the Tees Valley Community Foundation.