We love parkrun
We love Lanhydrock parkrun, and enjoy being part of a great community that has been going and growing for over 4 years, that reached a new record high of 442 participants over the Christmas period. Organising parkrun each week does take effort from all of our volunteers, we find it very rewarding, and we want to ensure that we do the best we can for our runners.
Since we started in January 2014, we have been fortunate and had no major incidents. We have had to deal with some issues, but these have been successfully managed and there have been no serious implications for anyone.
We are conscious that, as we have more and more participants, the risk of one of our runners experiencing cardiac arrest increases. Should this happen, the chances of a positive outcome for the sufferer can be dramatically increased if an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is available and deployed quickly.
parkrun is passionate about providing simple, free and safe events ,parkruns vision to have AEDs available at all parkruns is becoming closer, with only a small handful of parkruns without an AED. Therefore Lanhydrock parkrun is looking to purchase an AED for the protection of our runners and we need your help to do this. Hopefully we will never need to use it but we recognise that the deployment of an AED could save lives.
AEDs, also known as PADs, Defibrillators or “Defibs”, are portable electronic devices that in the event of a cardiac arrest, use an electric shock to re-establish an effective heart rhythm. Quite simply, an AED can be the difference between life and death.
What do we need?
The core team has been looking into different options of having an AED for Lanhydrock parkrun. The National Trust have their own AED, but after exploring options available we believe that purchasing an AED for use at parkrun and possibly junior parkrun is our only option. All core team members would receive the necessary awareness training on the AED.
We want to raise sufficient funds to purchase the AED and provide basic training sessions for the core volunteer team (including future training for other volunteers), totalling around £1000. The AED is simple to use and will only deliver an electrical charge if it (not the rescuer) detects that one is needed, by measuring the heart rhythm.
We need your help!
This is where you, our fantastic Lanhydrock parkrun community come in. I spoke to you all at last weeks run briefing informing you of our intention, and the response from you all was amazing.
Donations are easy!
We are grateful for any donation that you can give, no matter how big or small, as they will all help us reach our target.
You can donate through the "About Us" page on the Lanhydrock parkrun website. Click on the "donate to parkrun" button in the middle of the screen. On the screen after you enter your PayPal or card details add a "Special instruction to the seller" saying "For Lanhydrock parkrun AED".
Finally, if you know of any companies or organisations that may be willing to make a donation then please let us know.
Thank you for reading this far - we appreciate your support and it will benefit the whole of the Lanhydrock parkrun community.
Lesley Taphouse (Event Director ) and the core Lanhydrock team.