Southwick businesses learn life saving skills

'Demystifying defibrillators' in Southwick - Pictured are from left Alan Lupton - volunteer, Liz Farrow - Croquet Club, Pete Bennett - volunteer,'Kate Gieler from the Horticultural Society, Country Market, Aspire, WSCC Library Services
'Demystifying defibrillators' in Southwick - Pictured are from left Alan Lupton - volunteer, Liz Farrow - Croquet Club, Pete Bennett - volunteer,'Kate Gieler from the Horticultural Society, Country Market, Aspire, WSCC Library Services
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Businesses and organisations across Southwick joined forces in an effort to learn life-saving skills.

St John Ambulance (SJA) held a ‘demystifying defibrillators’ event last Tuesday (December 1), inviting traders and representatives from Southwick businesses and groups along for the evening to find out more about automatic external defibrillators (AED).

They received a short talk from Tim Fellows from the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

The service is currently running a campaign called ‘Save A Life’ which aims to encourage traders, organisations and businesses to have a defibrillator installed on their premises.

Southwick SJA volunteers then gave the attendees demonstrations in how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to use defibrillators, in a bid to demystify them and show how incredibly easy they are to use.

Area manager Sally Elliot said: “We’re really grateful to those who came along to find out more about this simple but potentially life saving piece of equipment.

“I was really impressed with their enthusiasm and I hope it may encourage further discussion around the possibility of a defibrillator being installed in the Square in the future.”

The event not only helped publicise SJA fundraising campaigns, but looked at the possibility of a public access AED which could be installed in Southwick Square.

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