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Local MP drops in to Preston during ‘Le Tour de Holderness’

24 September 2014

Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, took to the road this week to promote the installation of Public Access Defibrillators across his constituency.

Local MP drops in to Preston during ‘Le Tour de Holderness’

The MP began his two day bike ride in Beverley on Tuesday 23 September and got as far as the coast at Mappleton before his last stop at Sproatley Primary School at 3.30pm. Day two started with a visit to Elstronwick, before making his way to Preston Fire Station via villages such as Burstwick and Thorngumbald. He ended up back in Beverley on Wednesday evening after covering the thick end of 100 miles.

Pictured is Graham Stuart MP and SM Dave Bristow at Preston Fire Station where they discussed the plan to roll-out a series of Public Access Defibrilators across villages in Holderness. Each fire engine across the service already carries one, but the MP believes passionately that each village should have 24/7 access to its own life saving piece of kit. Discussions are under way with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Parish Councils, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and HFR Solutions to provide a co-ordinated response including possibly a website and related app to show the location of all the defibrillators across the region.

The two also discussed the successful roll-out of HFRS’s Emergency First Response vehicles across more stations in the East Riding. Following the initial trial at Pocklington, further fire stations such as Snaith, Howden and Market Weighton have gone live, with further stations in Mr Stuart’s constituency coming on stream later in the Autumn.

Commenting about the ride, Graham said:

“If somebody suffers a cardiac arrest, it’s vital that a defibrillation machine is with them within four minutes to give them the best chance of survival. To achieve this there has to be a machine close by, with everybody knowing where it is and how to use it.

“I want to see a public access defibrillator in every village in Beverley and Holderness, so I’m going on a ride to find out which villages already have one, where it is kept and, if there isn’t a defibrillator – where one could be located.

“The aim of the ride is to not only to find out where more machines are needed, but also to let people know where they are in the event of a cardiac arrest.”

“I hope the ride inspires communities to get together to purchase their own defibrillator.”

Bike Ride Schedule

Tuesday 23 September

09.30 Beverley

10.00 Leven (Recreation Hall HU17 5NG)

10.30 Catwick – (village hall HU17 5PR)

11.00 Sigglesthorne –(St Lawrence Church HU11 5QA)

11.30 Gt Hatfield – (Wrygarth Inn)

12.00 Mappleton – (All Saints Church HU18 1XS)

12.30 Cowden – (Cowden Holiday Park)

13.30 Withernwick – (Falcon Inn)

14.00 Aldbrough – (George and Dragon)

14.30 Garton – (TBC)

15.00 Humbleton (old school house HU11 4NL)

15.30 Sproatley. (primary school)

Wednesday 24 September

9.20 Elstronwick – (Methodist church HU12 9BP)

9.40 Burton Pidsea (Memorial Hall HU12 9AN)

10.00 Burstwick – (Village Hall)

10.30 Throngumbald – (village hall HU12 9NQ)

11.00 Hedon (hands off campaign & visit Pop-in)

12.30 Preston (fire station HU12 8UY)

13.30 Bilton (Village Hall HU11 4AA)

14.00 Coniston (village hall HU11 4JS)

14.30 Old Ellerby (Blue Bell Inn)

15.00 New Ellerby (Railway Inn)

15.30 Skirlaugh – (Duke of York)

16.00 Long Riston (village hall HU11 5JF)

17.15 Beverley.