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Almost £20,000 allocated to install defibrillators around Swale

Published Friday 29 April, 2022
Last updated on Friday 29 April, 2022

Village halls, churches, activity centres and car parks are some of the locations around Swale that now have public access defibrillators thanks to grants from Swale Borough Council.

The lifesaving equipment has been installed at 27 locations around Swale after the council committed almost £20,000 last year from the Government’s brexit fund.

The defibrillators are fully accessible to the public 24/7 and have a nominated person appointed to maintain them.

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

“We’ve given 27 local organisations and community groups grants of up to £750 to help toward the cost of installing defibrillators around the borough.

“The equipment and housing cabinets have been installed on the Isle of Sheppey, Faversham, Sittingbourne and local villages.

“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.”

Location of new defibrillators:

  1. Boughton Under Blean Village Hall
  2. The Ship Inn Conyer Pub, Sittingbourne
  3. Newington Cricket Club
  4. Harty ferry car park
  5. Public toilets in Central Avenue
  6. Hazeldene Close, Eastchurch
  7. Newnham Village Hall
  8. Sittingbourne Baptist Church
  9. Phoenix pub
  10. Upchurch Village hall
  11. Elverton Farm
  12. The Watermark in Sittingbourne
  13. Hornhill Activity Centre
  14. Sheerness Youth Centre
  15. Queenborough Ambulance Station
  16. 249 Fitness, Eurolink
  17. Upchurch recreation ground
  18. Milton Creek toilet
  19. Davington cricket pavilion
  20. The Apple Yard, Sittingbourne
  21. The Appleyard Sports Bar & Pavilion
  22. Big Local Eastern Sheppey Community Hub, Leysdown
  23. The Bus Shelter Kent Project
  24. Dunkirk village hall
  25. Muswell Manor Holiday Park
  26. Faversham Swimming Pools
  27. Newington recreation ground