Pictured: Event Director Fiona Cross, Run Director Colin Wilmott, Chair of Cwmbran Trust David Barnet & Gerard Rothwell, Welsh Ambulance Service & Trainer.
Cwmbran parkrun recently received a new defibrillator. The core volunteers behind this weekly 5k fun run successfully secured funding to ensure that parkrunners and the local community would have this life saving equipment should the need arise. They'd applied to various organisations for the required amount of £1,000 with no joy and were ready to start fund raising via supermarket bag packing and social events. That was until Cwmbran Trust replied after a member of the team applied and was later invited to prepare a presentation. The Trustee's unanimously supported the application.
David Barnet, Chair of Cwmbran Trust: "Cwmbran Trust is delighted to be associated with the Cwmbran parkrun and make available to the organisation and wider community a defibrillator which today is an essential piece of equipment. In doing so we wish the organisation every success in such a worthwhile cause."
Cwmbran Trust, formally Girlings Trust, has served the local community of Cwmbran for 40 years supporting both individuals and local organisations to the tune of £2 million of gift aid. The Trust which operates in the NP44 postal area aims to help with the provision of social amenities the relief of poverty, distress and sickness and welcome applications either directly from individuals, third parties or local organisation who know of people needing help. Please contact the Trust either by e mail firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your needs or phone (Mondays only) 01633 835057 to discuss making an application.
Welsh Hearts provided the defibrillator and arranged the training. Director, Sharon Owen said "Welsh Hearts are delighted to support The Cwmbran 5k parkrun with a Defibrillator. parkrun's are very popular events and hundreds of people take part in them! It is reassuring to know that there is a Defibrillator on site and more importantly people are trained in emergency life saving skills. For more information how your Sports Club can obtain a Defibrillator please visit www.welshhearts.org/daifib or contact The Welsh Hearts Office on 02920 647735
Cwmbran parkrun Run Director Colin Wilmott said: "Every Saturday morning at the Northfields hundreds of local runners, joggers & walkers take part in this free and inclusive activity. Since its introduction on 18th June this year 1,117 different runners, including participants from 71 athletics clubs, have completed 2,627 runs covering a total distance of 13,135 km!"
"Having a defibrillator in place will provide great reassurance for participants and organisers alike. As a member of the core team which organises Cwmbran parkrun each Saturday I am really grateful to Cwmbran Trust for their generous donation and to Welsh Hearts for providing the defibrillator & training."
Cwmbran parkrun Event Director Fiona Cross "We learned during the training that getting the machine to the patient in time raises their chance of survival from 5% to 52%. Time is crucial. Every Saturday morning it will be located on the parkrun course but during the week it will be available from Woodlands Sports & Social Club. Naturally we hope no one will need to use it but knowing it’s available is reassuring news for the whole community."