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Defibrillator installed at Christ Church in Stamford after donation from Cummins

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First aid training is vital for everyone and it was while attending a course, a Children Youth Minister learned the importance of defibrillators.

While there are many defibrillators in town, including in schools towards the north of Stamford, there are none available 24/7.

Realising the importance of them, Lel Nicholls, children and youth minister at Christ Church, set out to get one installed.

.Christ Church, Stamford
.Christ Church, Stamford

She said: “Our church engages across all age ranges from babies to seniors and we did have an emergency occasion where the ambulance services were called and we relied on Bluecoat’s AED.

“Thankfully it wasn’t actually needed but that underlined the necessity of having an accessible AED.

“We are situated in an environment where there are many families, and senior citizens and as a community church, we host many different groups to a wide range of people.

Samuel Bates, Jackie Wade and Lel Nicholls with the new defibrillator
Samuel Bates, Jackie Wade and Lel Nicholls with the new defibrillator

“It therefore made great sense to enable all of this community access to life saving equipment, should it ever be required.”

After receiving a request for funding, Cummins employees stepped in to help through its Employee Charity Commission.

A spokesman for Cummins said: “We are delighted this can be accessed by everyone in the community.

"The impact of defibrillators to the chain of survival was publicised over the summer during the Euro2020 football championship, so it is great that our committee made this decision to support an area of our community with strong links to plant employees and their families.”

In the UK, fewer than 1 in 10 people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, so the new equipment will make the community a safer place.

The new defibrillator has been registered with East Midlands Ambulance Services via The Circuit and is useable by calling the emergency services and quoting the device’s postcode.

Growing up in the area, Lel was always aware of Cummins and her dad had previously been an employee so she knew the company would want to help.

She said: “I am so grateful to the employees of Stamford’s Cummins for helping us strengthen the ‘chain of survival’ for our neighbours in this end of town and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Cummins Stamford and Peterborough employees and their Charity Commission for their huge generosity.”

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