We’re raising money to buy an AED to help save lives in the local community.
Cardiac arrest occurs when a person’s heart goes into a life-threatening rhythm and stops pumping blood around the body, often caused by a heart attack. Over 30,000 cardiac arrests happen each year in the UK outside of hospitals. Once in cardiac arrest, a person requires immediate CPR to stay alive and their only chance of survival is if their heart can be shocked back into a normal rhythm. This requires professional medical attention and the use of a defibrillator.
Sadly, still less than 1 in 10 victims of a cardiac arrest outside of hospital survive. A person’s chance of survival often depends upon how soon they receive emergency treatment; for every minute a person is in cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by 10%. So unfortunately, waiting for an ambulance, particularly if you happen to be in a remote location, might take too long. This could be the case at The Cartford Inn.
Thankfully, along with early CPR, an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) can significantly improve someone’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest. An AED is a compact and portable defibrillator, which can be used by anyone to try give an electric shock to somebody suffering a cardiac arrest, to try to restore a normal heart rhythm.
We want to raise the money to purchase an AED so that we have one at The Cartford Inn in case of such an emergency. We also want to make sure that the local community has access to it, so we want to raise additional funds to purchase a box so that we can mount it on an external wall. In total, we anticipate we will need to raise nearly £2,000 if we purchase one through the Cardiac Smart initiative with the North West Ambulance Service, so we're aiming to raise this amount and any funds left over will be donated to The British Heart Foundation.
To raise these funds we’re going to be holding a raffle. We’re offering you the chance to win a private dining experience for sixteen people in our River House venue (wine included*). The price of an entry into this raffle is a £10 donation.
**Businesspeople who enter can opt for a day's corporate hospitality for up to 16 delegates, including lunch, if they win.**
There’s no limit on the number of times you can enter (eg. for £20 you will get two entries), and we’ll stop selling tickets once we’ve raised our target, and a winner will be picked at random.
You can enter the competition in several ways. You can make a donation in the pub, notifying a member of staff. You can telephone and donate by calling us on: 01995 670166. And we’ve set up a Just Giving Page so that you can donate online. Just make sure to leave your email address so that we can contact you if you win. You can of course make an anonymous donation.
Just Giving link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thecartfordinnaed
Good luck should you choose to enter and thank you for helping us make the community safer.