Cafe Black in Stamford launches defibrillator appeal

Cafe Black at Stamford - Alice MacKenzie and  Hannah Darby with Defib collection tin EMN-150306-231740009
Cafe Black at Stamford - Alice MacKenzie and Hannah Darby with Defib collection tin EMN-150306-231740009
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A cafe co-owner has appealed to customers and Stamford residents to help raise £1,200 for a defibrillator in the town’s High Street.

Hannah Darby, who runs Cafe Black with Jim Harding, approached St John Ambulance about installing the lifesaving equipment after attending a first aid course.

She was astonished to learn that the survival rate for someone who had stopped breathing was as low as eight per cent when using CPR, but that jumped up to 70 per cent if a defibrillator was used.

Hannah said: “I found out that there was a defibrillator at Stamford Arts Centre and at a dentist’s surgery. But I imagine a lot of people don’t know where they are.

“If you are in the High Street and something happens but you don’t know where the defibrillator is then it makes no difference.

“Cafe Black is located in the heart of Stamford, right in the centre of the town, with thousands of shoppers and workers passing our doors every week.

“This made me realise that Cafe Black could be the perfect place to install a defibrillator unit in the town.”

Hannah has appealed to people in Stamford to help her raise the £1,200 needed to buy the equipment. She said; “God forbid something happens, but you want it to be a positive story rather than a negative one.”

A collection tin has already been set up in the cafe, and anyone who wants to donate can simply drop in.

Hannah hopes to train some of her staff to use the equipment in case of an emergency.

She also wants to raise awareness of the equipment once it is installed, and hopes a design firm will be able to help by printing stickers free of charge.

Hannah hopes the “defibrillator located here” signs can be displayed in all shops and businesses in town that have the equipment so shoppers know where they can find assistance.

“I would love the High Street to be inundated with defibrillators. It would be great if other shopkeepers could do the same.

“The more we have in town, the better.”

Dannii Vincent, who ran the successful Dosh4Defibs campaign to get a defibrillator in every Stamford primary school, said Hannah’s campaign was “fantastic news”.