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Funding for public access defibrillators

Published Monday 20 September, 2021
Last updated on Thursday 23 September, 2021

Local community groups can now apply for funding to help towards buying and installing a public access defibrillator.

Swale Borough Council is making £20,250 available to encourage the installation of a public access defibrillators at village halls and community centres around Swale.

Local community groups can apply for up to £750 towards the cost of purchasing and installing the equipment that can help save someone’s life.

Public access defibrillators must be located in places fully accessible to the public 24/7. Applicants would also need to appoint a nominated person to maintain them.

All defibrillators must be purchased and installed by the end of March 2022.

Cllr Mike Baldock, cabinet member for planning at the council, said:

“We’re making £20,250 available to support lifesaving equipment at village halls and community centres around Swale.

“Community groups and local organisations can apply for up to £750 to go towards the cost of purchasing and installing a public access defibrillator and housing cabinet.

“Defibrillators can provide lifesaving support to people in cardiac arrest.  For every minute someone is in cardiac arrest without CPR and access to a defibrillator, their chances of survival drop by up to 10 per cent.

“With ambulance response times increasing, having a publicly accessible defibrillator nearby can mean the difference between life and death for someone in cardiac arrest.

“The grant scheme is now open, and I encourage any local group with a community building to see if you’re eligible.”