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Campaign set to form working party to help deliver goal of 20 community defibrillators in Sudbury by end of 2020




A campaign seeking to deliver 20 community defibrillators to Sudbury by the end of the 2020 is on right track to achieve this goal, following a successful public meeting.

Andy Read, who survived a cardiac arrest at home last year after the quick intervention of first responders, praised the support and enthusiasm for the campaign from residents who attended a meeting in Sudbury Town Hall last week.

Attended by Sudbury mayor Robert Spivey, Andrew Barlow, from the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and Martin Richards, of the Sudbury-based Gryphon First Aid Unit, the meeting was aimed at sharing information on how to get more new 24/7 public-access defibrillators installed in the area.

SUDBURY.Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Station Road, Sudbury.Sudbury mayor Robert Spivey has backed a campaign by local resident Andy Read, who survived a cardiac arrest in 2018, to increase the number of 24/7 community defibrillators around the town. Picture Mark Westley. (20418785)
SUDBURY.Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Station Road, Sudbury.Sudbury mayor Robert Spivey has backed a campaign by local resident Andy Read, who survived a cardiac arrest in 2018, to increase the number of 24/7 community defibrillators around the town. Picture Mark Westley. (20418785)

Mr Read said the next step will be to form a small working party, to plot out the appropriate sites for new defibrillators and ensure efforts are not duplicated in one location.

“I think all of us were really pleased with how the event went,” he told the Free Press.

“The people that were there were really keen to see more defibrillators in Sudbury, Cornard and Long Melford.

“I knew this would not be a quick fix, but I feel we’re very much on the right course to reach 20 by the end of 2020, which a few months ago seemed very unlikely. What we want to do is have everybody within two minutes of a defibrillator.

“It was nice to see representation from the villages outside of Sudbury. I have had emails back from all of them and everybody genuinely wants to encourage more defibrillators. The town council indicated they are totally supportive.”

Sudbury currently has 10 24/7 defibrillators either installed or planned, having started 2019 with just two available.


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