Hooking up East Riding residents to life saving equipment
15 December 2014
Local MP Andrew Percy and Councillor Josie Head welcomed GM Allen Cunningham and Sarah Wilkinson from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service to Hook earlier today as they donated a defibrillator to this rural community in the corner of the East Riding.
The pair have been working with the village to raise the necessary funds for Hook to have its own Public Access Defibrillator (PAD). This defibrillator has become available as the fire service renew their stock and will help improve provision locally in the event of a cardiac arrest. The cabinet, which will house the defibrillator, has been purchased with the money raised and will shortly be installed on the outside of the Memorial Hall.
Brigg and Goole MP Andrew was delighted with the donation:
“I am so proud of how far we’ve come over the past year in securing defibrillators for communities across our area. Residents in Hook have been ever so generous and this PAD will be available for them should the need arise.
I would like to thank the memorial hall committee and the fire service for their assistance. We’ll look to hold a training session for residents in the near future and if anyone would like any further information then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”
Councillor Josie Head was equally supportive of the life-saving scheme:
“During a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chance of survival by 10%. As a result, Andrew and I were determined to get a defibrillator for Hook and we would like to thank local residents for their warmth and generosity.”
Group Manager Allen Cunningham (pictured far left) and Sarah Wilkinson (2nd from right) of Community Safety Central Support at Humberside Fire and Rescue travelled to Hook to personally deliver this vital piece of equipment. Allen explained the reasons behind the donation:
“We have a close relationship with Community First Responder schemes across the region and are full of admiration for the fund-raising efforts already well underway in this particular area.
We are constantly looking for better ways to improve the trauma care we offer the public, so this donation will not only help the residents of Hook in the short term, but hopefully encourage other community groups to think about this lifesaving provision in the heart of their own community.”