parkrun UK is passionate about providing simple, free and safe events. Last year, parkun pledged to have Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) available at all 5k parkruns. We have built a fantastic running community at Burgess parkrun and we want to preserve what we have and protect you, the runners, who are at the heart of it.
Since our first run in September 2012, we are pleased (and relieved) that we have had no major incidents. However, as more people join our parkrun family, the risk of experiencing a cardiac arrest at our parkrun will increase. In such a situation, the chances of a positive outcome for the sufferer can be dramatically increased if an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is available and deployed quickly.
Currently, we have access to an AED located at the BMX track. It would, however, be ideal if we had our own one, that we can get immediate access to in the event of an emergency. Hopefully we will never need to use it, but it could save one of our parkrunners lives.
This week, we have received an incredibly generous donation from one of our regular runners to mark their upcoming 250th parkrun, in order to enable us to do this. We do, however, need a bit more money in order to purchase the most suitable option (as well as additional pads for children), and, as a not-for-profit organisation, we need your help to achieve this.
What we hope to purchase
We hope to raise sufficient funds to purchase a Samaritan 500P Defibrillator with CPR Advisor. It is designed with an untrained rescuer in mind. It is simple to use and talks the rescuer through the process of saving a life.
How you can help
Please make a donation on the about ussection of the Burgess parkrun website. Click the "donate to parkrun" button in the middle of the screen.
Important: On the confirmation screen (the screen after you enter your payment details) please add a special instruction saying "For Burgess parkrun".
All donations, however small, will help us reach our target. Donations can take up to 48 hours before they appear on our website.
We can not accept any cash donations, but if you would prefer to make a donation by cheque then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange that directly with parkrun UK (again, please make it clear that the donation is for the Burgess parkrun AED).
Many, many thanks in advance,
The Burgess parkrun Team