Campaign to install external defibrillators

Matthew Dugdale (left) with Harry Quigley. (s)
Matthew Dugdale (left) with Harry Quigley. (s)

Life-saving defibrillators could be located within 200m of every home and business in the borough by the end of 2016 if a new Ribble Valley campaign proves successful.

There are currently only eight of the live-saving machines outdoors available for public use throughout the whole of the area, including one in Clitheroe town centre, Clitheroe Rugby Club and two in Read and Simonstone.

Whilst more defibrillators are housed within different businesses, their use is restricted as per opening times and access to the business premises.

The campaign called “Wasted Lives” is being spearheaded by two of the Ribble Valley’s First Responder team Matthew Dugdale and Harry Quigley.

Matthew (24) a second year student paramedic from Chatburn, said: “The introduction of more defibrillators would make a massive difference to lives being saved in the Ribble Valley. We are looking to buy an extra 90 machines, which averages out at around three for each village, so we need to raise in the region of £130,000.

“We have applied for a National Lottery grant for around £110,000, so we might be lucky and be awarded the full amount, or some of it. We are asking local businesses to contact us if they think they can help with our raising the money needed and we have various fund-raising activities planned and in the pipeline.

“We are also asking shops and businesses who already have a defibrillator installed if they may consider moving it to a site just outside their premises, so that the public would also be able to access it should it ever be needed in an emergency.”

For more details visit: www.ribblevalleycfr.co.uk or call Matthew on 07812 303817.